Spectral images provide a large amount of spectral information about a scene, but sometimes when studying images, we are interested in specific components. It is a difficult problem to separate the relevant information or what we call interesting from the background of a spectral image, even more so if our target objects are unknown. Anomaly detection is a process by which algorithms are designed to separate the anomalous (different) points from the background of an image. The data is complex and lives in a high dimension, manifold learning algorithms are used to analyze data that lives in a high dimensional space, but that can be represented as a lower dimensional manifold embedded in the high dimensional space. Laplacian Eigenmaps is a manifold learning algorithm that applies spectral graph theory to perform a non-linear dimensionality reduction that preserves local neighborhood information. We present an approach to reduce the dimension of the data and separate anomalous pixels in spectral images using Laplacian Eigenmaps.

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Remote sensing--Mathematics; Remote sensing--Data processing; Spectral theory (Mathematics); Graph theory; Laplacian operator; Machine learning

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Basener, William


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