In a series of papers on Lidar data, magically good classification rates are claimed once data are deconvolved and a dimension reduction technique applied. The latter can certainly be useful, but it is not clear a priori that deconvolution is a good idea in this context. After all, deconvolution adds noise, and added noise leads to lower classification accuracy. I will give a more or less formal argument that in a closely related class of deconvolution problems, what statisticians call ``Measurement Error Models'', deconvolution typically leads to increased classification error rates. An empirical example in a more classical deconvolution context illustrates the results, and new methods and results relevant to the Lidar data will be discussed.


Professor Raymond J. Carroll

Research Area

Texas A&M University, USA and University of Technology, Sydney


Fri, 12/07/2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Room OMB-145, Old Main Building, UNSW Kensington Campus