Modeling PolSAR Image with L-Distribution and the Parameter Estimation Method

  • Hao-gui Cui
  • Yu-zhong Jiang
  • Tao Liu
  • Jun Gao
Conference paper


The product model, in which the background radar signals are modeled as a product between a texture component and a Gaussian speckle, is an effective method to analyze PolSAR image especially in non-Gaussian case. In this paper, the generalized gamma distribution (\( \text{G}\Gamma\text{D} \)) is chosen as the texture component and the PolSAR image can be modeled with L-distribution provided that the speckle is Gaussian. The parameter estimation method of L-distribution based on matrix log-cumulants (MLCs) is proposed aimed at the computational complexity of the estimation based on moment. The correctness of modeling with L-distribution and the validity of the derivation of the estimator are verified though real data.


Generalized gamma distribution (\( \text{G}\Gamma\text{D} \)L-distribution Mellin transform Matrix log-cumulants Polarimetric SAR 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 61372165. The authors are also grateful to European Space Agency for providing the PolSAR data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electronic EngineeringNaval University of EngineeringWuhanChina

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