Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bruce, Lori M.

Committee Member

Younan, Nicholas H.

Committee Member

Donohoe, J. Patrick

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


The improved spectral resolution of modern hyperspectral sensors provides a means for discriminating subtly different classes of on ground materials in remotely sensed images. However, in order to obtain statistically reliable classification results, the number of necessary training samples can increase exponentially as the number of spectral bands increases. Obtaining the necessary number of training signals for these high-dimensional datasets may not be feasible. The problem can be overcome by preprocessing the data to reduce the dimensionality and thus reduce the number of required training samples. In this thesis, three dimensionality reduction methods, all based on parametric projection pursuits, are investigated. These methods are the Sequential Parametric Projection Pursuits (SPPP), Parallel Parametric Projection Pursuits (PPPP), and Projection Pursuits Best Band Selection (PPBBS). The methods are applied to very high spectral resolution data to transform the hyperspectral data to a lower-dimension subspace. Feature extractors and classifiers are then applied to the lower-dimensional data to obtain target detection accuracies. The three projection pursuit methods are compared to each other, as well as to the case of using no dimensionality reduction preprocessing. When applied to hyperspectral data in a precision agriculture application, discriminating sicklepod and cocklebur weeds, the results showed that the SPPP method was optimum in terms of accuracy, resulting in a classification accuracy of >95% when using a nearest mean, maximum likelihood, or nearest neighbor classifier. The PPPP method encountered optimization problems when the hyperspectral dimensionality was very high, e.g. in the thousands. The PPBBS method resulted in high classification accuracies, >95%, when the maximum likelihood classifier was utilized; however, this method resulted in lower accuracies when the nearest mean or nearest neighbor classifiers were used. When using no projection pursuit preprocessing, the classification accuracies ranged between ~50% and 95%; however, for this case the accuracies greatly depended on the type of classifier being utilized.



projection pursuits||dimensionality reduction||hyperspectral data analysis