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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(10), 1001; doi:10.3390/rs9101001

One-Class Classification of Airborne LiDAR Data in Urban Areas Using a Presence and Background Learning Algorithm

Key Laboratory of 3D Information Acquisition of Education Ministry, School of Resources, Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China
State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
Sierra Nevada Research Institute, School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, CA 95343, USA
Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
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Received: 10 August 2017 / Revised: 6 September 2017 / Accepted: 25 September 2017 / Published: 27 September 2017
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Automatic classification of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data in urban areas is of great importance for many applications such as generating three-dimensional (3D) building models and monitoring power lines. Traditional supervised classification methods require training samples of all classes to construct a reliable classifier. However, complete training samples are normally hard and costly to collect, and a common circumstance is that only training samples for a class of interest are available, in which traditional supervised classification methods may be inappropriate. In this study, we investigated the possibility of using a novel one-class classification algorithm, i.e., the presence and background learning (PBL) algorithm, to classify LiDAR data in an urban scenario. The results demonstrated that the PBL algorithm implemented by back propagation (BP) neural network (PBL-BP) could effectively classify a single class (e.g., building, tree, terrain, power line, and others) from airborne LiDAR point cloud with very high accuracy. The mean F-score for all of the classes from the PBL-BP classification results was 0.94, which was higher than those from one-class support vector machine (SVM), biased SVM, and maximum entropy methods (0.68, 0.82 and 0.93, respectively). Moreover, the PBL-BP algorithm yielded a comparable overall accuracy to the multi-class SVM method. Therefore, this method is very promising in the classification of the LiDAR point cloud. View Full-Text
Keywords: LiDAR; one-class classification; presence and background learning algorithm; remote sensing LiDAR; one-class classification; presence and background learning algorithm; remote sensing

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Ao, Z.; Su, Y.; Li, W.; Guo, Q.; Zhang, J. One-Class Classification of Airborne LiDAR Data in Urban Areas Using a Presence and Background Learning Algorithm. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 1001.

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