Optimum Multisensor Fusion of Correlated Local Decisions

E. Drakopoulos, C. C. Lee

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Abstract

A distributed detection system consisting of a number of local detectors and a fusion center is considered. Each detector makes a decision for the underlying binary hypothesis testing problem based on its own observation and transmits its decision to the fusion center where the global decision is derived. The local decision rules are assumed to be given but the local decisions are correlated. The correlation is generally characterized by a finite number of conditional probabilities. The optimum decision fusion rule in the Neyman-Pearson (N-P) sense is derived and analyzed. The performance of the distributed detection system versus the degree of correlation between the local decisions is analyzed for a correlation structure that can be indexed by a single parameter. We show how system performance as well as performance advantage of using a larger number of local detectors degrade as the degree of correlation between local decisions increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-606
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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