Cover: A Structure for the Bayes Analysis of the Performance of Detection Systems with Multiple Sensors and Sites

A Structure for the Bayes Analysis of the Performance of Detection Systems with Multiple Sensors and Sites

Published 1967

by David Middleton


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Extends the usual Bayes analysis for optimum detection systems to include the costs of equipment, location, maintenance, and operation. Also included are the customary preassigned costs for correct and incorrect decisions when passive sensors at multiple receiving sites are used to acquire and process data as to the presence or absence of a signal source. A risk formalism is constructed that indicates how the expected overall costs of both decision and operation can be generally determined for a variety of realistic cost models. The physics of the particular detection system — radar, radio, acoustic, seismic, etc. — is included in the usual way under the important constraint of system optimality (Bayes decisions). A simple analytic example is used to illustrate the approach. The method is in no way changed when varied and more complicated types of sensing are included.

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