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Sensors 2010, 10(11), 10128-10145; doi:10.3390/s101110128

Error Analysis of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data by Means of Spherical Statistics and 3D Graphs

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1 Polytechnic School, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain 2 Mining Engineering School, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Received: 26 August 2010 / Revised: 18 October 2010 / Accepted: 5 November 2010 / Published: 10 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photodetectors and Imaging Technologies)
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This paper presents a complete analysis of the positional errors of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) data based on spherical statistics and 3D graphs. Spherical statistics are preferred because of the 3D vectorial nature of the spatial error. Error vectors have three metric elements (one module and two angles) that were analyzed by spherical statistics. A study case has been presented and discussed in detail. Errors were calculating using 53 check points (CP) and CP coordinates were measured by a digitizer with submillimetre accuracy. The positional accuracy was analyzed by both the conventional method (modular errors analysis) and the proposed method (angular errors analysis) by 3D graphics and numerical spherical statistics. Two packages in R programming language were performed to obtain graphics automatically. The results indicated that the proposed method is advantageous as it offers a more complete analysis of the positional accuracy, such as angular error component, uniformity of the vector distribution, error isotropy, and error, in addition the modular error component by linear statistics.
Keywords: accuracy; terrestrial laser scanning (TLS); angular analysis; spherical statistics accuracy; terrestrial laser scanning (TLS); angular analysis; spherical statistics
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Cuartero, A.; Armesto, J.; Rodríguez, P.G.; Arias, P. Error Analysis of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data by Means of Spherical Statistics and 3D Graphs. Sensors 2010, 10, 10128-10145.

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