Can addition of noise improve distributed detection performance?

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Conference Proceeding

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Stochastic resonance (SR), a nonlinear physical phenomenon in which the performance of some nonlinear systems can be enhanced by adding suitable noise, has been observed and applied in many areas. However, it has not been shown whether or not this phenomenon plays a role in distributed detection. It seems counterintuitive that adding additional noise to the received decisions at the fusion center can improve detection performance. However, in this paper, we demonstrate the existence of the SR phenomenon in decision fusion by examples. An explanation for its existence is provided.

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2006 9th International Conference on Information Fusion, FUSION