Detection fusion under dependence

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Conference Proceeding

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Most results about quantized detection rely strongly on an assumption of independence among random variables. With this assumption removed, little is known. Thus, in this paper, Bayes optimal binary quantization for the detection of a shift in mean in a pair of dependent Gaussian random variables is studied. For certain problem parametrizations (meaning: the signals and correlation coefficient) optimal quantization is achievable via a single threshold applied to each observation-The same as under independence. In other cases one observation is best ignored, or is quantised with two thresholds; neither behavior is seen under independence. Further, and again in distinction from the case of independence, it is seen that in certain situations an XOR fusion rule is optimal, and in these cases the implied decision rule is bizarre. © 2000 Int. Soc. Inf. Fusion.

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Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION 2000