We develop algorithms to detect a known pattern or a reference signal in the presence of additive, disjoint background, and multiplicative white Gaussian noise with unknown statistics. The presence of three different types of noise processes with unknown statistics presents difficulties in estimating the unknown parameters. The standard methods such as expected-maximization-type algorithms are iterative, and in the framework of hypothesis testing they are time-consuming, because corresponding to each hypothesis one must estimate a set of parameters. Other standard methods such as setting the gradient of the likelihood function with respect to the unknown parameters will lead to a nonlinear system of equations that do not have a closed-form solution and require iterative methods. We develop an approach to overcome these handicaps and derive algorithms to detect a known object. We present new methods to estimate unknown parameters within the framework of hypothesis testing. The methods that we present are direct and provide closed-form estimates of the unknown parameters. Computer simulations are used to show that for the images tested, the receivers that we have designed perform better than existing receivers.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2000
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: November 3, 2000
Published: August 1, 2001
Nasser Towghi and Bahram Javidi, "Optimum receivers for pattern recognition in the presence of Gaussian noise with unknown statistics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1844-1852 (2001)