Hyperspectral Image Classification Using Similarity Measurements-Based Deep Recurrent Neural Networks Academic Article uri icon


  • Classification is a common objective when analyzing hyperspectral images, where each pixel is assigned to a predefined label. Deep learning-based algorithms have been introduced in the remote-sensing community successfully in the past decade and have achieved significant performance improvements compared with conventional models. However, research on the extraction of sequential features utilizing a single image, instead of multi-temporal images still needs to be further investigated. In this paper, a novel strategy for constructing sequential features from a single image in long short-term memory (LSTM) is proposed. Two pixel-wise-based similarity measurements, including pixel-matching (PM) and block-matching (BM), are employed for the selection of sequence candidates from the whole image. Then, the sequential structure of a given pixel can be constructed as the input of LSTM by utilizing the first several matching pixels with high similarities. The resulting PM-based LSTM and BM-based LSTM are appealing, as all pixels in the whole image are taken into consideration when calculating the similarity. In addition, BM-based LSTM also utilizes local spectral-spatial information that has already shown its effectiveness in hyperspectral image classification. Two common distance measures, Euclidean distance and spectral angle mapping, are also investigated in this paper. Experiments with two benchmark hyperspectral images demonstrate that the proposed methods achieve marked improvements in classification performance relative to the other state-of-the-art methods considered. For instance, the highest overall accuracy achieved on the Pavia University image is 96.20% (using both BM-based LSTM and spectral angle mapping), which is an improvement compared with 84.45% overall accuracy generated by 1D convolutional neural networks.

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altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Ma, A., Filippi, A. M., Wang, Z., & Yin, Z.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Ma, Andong||Filippi, Anthony M||Wang, Zhangyang||Yin, Zhengcong

publication date

  • January 2019