Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) for Dynamic Radiation Level Determination – Preliminary Assessment

  • Ding Yuan
  • Warnick Kernan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3991)


A Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) algorithm for reliable and fast determination of a relative radiation level in a field environment has been developed. The background and the radioactive anomaly are assumed to follow the normal and Poisson distributions, respectively. The SPRT formulation has been derived and simplified based on these assumptions. The preliminary evaluation suggests that the algorithm, while offering confident estimations for the log-scaled radiation level, promises the additional advantage of reduction in sampling sizes, particularly in areas with a high radiation level.


Background Radiation Radiation Level Sequential Probability Ratio Test Physical Sample Geiger Counter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ding Yuan
    • 1
  • Warnick Kernan
    • 1
  1. 1.Remote Sensing Laboratory-NellisLas VegasUSA

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