Incorporating uncertainty in the accuracy assessment of land cover maps using fuzzy numbers and fuzzy arithmetic

Pedro Sarmento, Hugo Carrão, Mario Caetano, Cidália C. Fonte, Nuno Cortês

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Abstract

This paper proposes an effort to include uncertainty in reference databases used to assess the accuracy of land cover maps. Five linguistic levels of confidence in land cover labelling are assigned to each sample observation and converted into fuzzy numbers. This information is introduced in a fuzzy confusion matrix and fuzzy accuracy measures, similar to the global, user's and producer's accuracy, are then derived from the fuzzy confusion matrix using fuzzy arithmetic. These measures consist of fuzzy numbers that incorporate the uncertainty in identifying the reference land cover class of the sample data. Fuzzy accuracy measures can be defuzzified to generate real numbers, enabling the conversion into crisp measures, which allow the comparison with the accuracy results obtained with traditional confusion matrixes. The proposed methodology is tested on a case study. The quality of a map for Continental Portugal, derived from the automatic classification of MERIS images, is evaluated using a reference database generated with the proposed methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAccuracy 2010
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
PublisherInternational Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA)
Pages25-28
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Event9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Accuracy 2010 - Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Jul 201023 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Accuracy 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLeicester
Period20/07/1023/07/10

Keywords

  • Accuracy assessment
  • Fuzzy arithmetic
  • Fuzzy numbers
  • Land cover maps
  • Reference database uncertainty

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    Sarmento, P., Carrão, H., Caetano, M., Fonte, C. C., & Cortês, N. (2010). Incorporating uncertainty in the accuracy assessment of land cover maps using fuzzy numbers and fuzzy arithmetic. In Accuracy 2010 : Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (pp. 25-28). International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA).