The Optimal Classification Using a Linear Discriminant for Two Point Classes Having Known Mean and Covariance
The current study provides a simple algorithm for finding the optimal ROC curve for a linear discriminant between two point distributions, given only information about the classes' means and covariances. The method makes no assumptions concerning the exact type of distribution and is shown to provide the best possible discrimination for any physically reasonable measure of the classification error. This very general solution is shown to specialise to results obtained in other papers which assumed multi-dimensional Gaussian distributed classes, or minimised the maximum classification error. Some numerical examples are provided which show the improvement in classification of this method over previously used methods.
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Volume (Year): 82 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
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