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Area-based and location-based validation of classified image objects

Whiteside, Timothy G., Maier, Stefan W. and Boggs, Guy S. (2014). Area-based and location-based validation of classified image objects. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation,28:117-130.

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Title Area-based and location-based validation of classified image objects
Author Whiteside, Timothy G.
Maier, Stefan W.
Boggs, Guy S.
Journal Name International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 28
ISSN 1569-8432   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84897470278
Start Page 117
End Page 130
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA) produces results that have both thematic and geometric properties. Classified objects not only belong to particular classes but also have spatial properties such as location and shape. Therefore, any accuracy assessment where quantification of area is required must (but often does not) take into account both thematic and geometric properties of the classified objects. By using location-based and area-based measures to compare classified objects to corresponding reference objects, accuracy information for both thematic and geometric assessment is available. Our methods provide location-based and area-based measures with application to both a single-class feature detection and a multi-class object-based land cover analysis. In each case the classification was compared to a GIS layer of associated reference data using randomly selected sample areas. Error is able to be pin-pointed spatially on per-object, per class and per-sample area bases although there is no indication whether the errors exist in the classification product or the reference data. This work showcases the utility of the methods for assessing the accuracy of GEOBIA derived classifications provided the reference data is accurate and of comparable scale.
Keywords Geographic object-based image analysis
Accuray assessment
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