A hierarchical classifier for multispectral satellite imagery

Document Type

Journal Article


Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication, Engineers, IEICE


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Engineering and Mathematics




Bouzerdoum, A. (2001). A hierarchical classifier for multispectral satellite imagery. IEICE transactions on electronics, 84(12), 1952-1958. Available here


In this article, a hierarchical classifier is proposed for classification of ground-cover types of a satellite image of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The image contains seven ground-cover types, which are categorized into three groups using principal component analysis. The first group contains clouds only, the second consists of sea and cloud shadow over land, and the third contains land and three types of forest. The sea and shadow over land classes are classified with 99% accuracy using a network of threshold logic units. The land and forest classes are classified by multilayer perceptrons (MLPs) using texture features and intensity values. The average performance achieved by six trained MLPs is 91%. In order to improve the classification accuracy even further, the outputs of the six MLPs were combined using several committee machines. All committee machines achieved significant improvement in performance over the multilayer perceptron classifiers, with the best machine achieving over 92% correct classification.