Signal classification using the mean separator neural network
San Pedro, Miguel G.
Fargues, Monique P.
Hippenstiel, Ralph D.
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The explosion of digital technology provides the warrior with the potential to exploit the battlespace in ways previously unknown. Unfortunately, this godsend is a two-edge sword. Although it promises the military commander greater situational awareness, the resulting tidal wave of data impairs his decision-making capacity. More data is not needed; enhanced information and knowledge are essential. This study built upon the Mean Separator Neural Network (MSNN) signal classification tool originally proposed by Duzenli (1998) and modified it for increased robustness. MSNN variants were developed and investigated. One modification involved input data preconditioning prior to neural network processing. A second modification incorporated projection space variance into a redefined performance parameter and in a newly defined training termination criterion. These alternative MSNN architectures were measured against the standard MSNN, a single-layer perceptron, and a statistical classifier using data of varying input dimensionality and noise power. Classification simulations performed using these techniques measured the accuracy in categorizing data objects composed of artificial features and features extracted from synthetic communication signals. The projection space modification variant exceeded all classifiers under noise-free conditions and performed comparably to the standard MSNN in noisy environments. The precondinoned input method produced a poorer response under most situations.