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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3123967, 8 pages
Research Article

Statistical Similarity Based Change Detection for Multitemporal Remote Sensing Images

Computer Science & Engineering Department, Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, Rajshahi 6204, Bangladesh

Correspondence should be addressed to Mumu Aktar

Received 11 March 2017; Revised 23 May 2017; Accepted 14 June 2017; Published 24 July 2017

Academic Editor: Huan Xie

Copyright © 2017 Mumu Aktar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Change detection (CD) of any surface using multitemporal remote sensing images is an important research topic since up-to-date information about earth surface is of great value. Abrupt changes are occurring in different earth surfaces due to natural disasters or man-made activities which cause damage to that place. Therefore, it is necessary to observe the changes for taking necessary steps to recover the subsequent damage. This paper is concerned with this issue and analyzes statistical similarity measure to perform CD using remote sensing images of the same scene taken at two different dates. A variation of normalized mutual information (NMI) as a similarity measure has been developed here using sliding window of different sizes. In sliding window approach, pixels’ local neighborhood plays a significant role in computing the similarity compared to the whole image. Thus the insignificant global characteristics containing noise and sparse samples can be avoided when evaluating the probability density function. Therefore, NMI with different window sizes is proposed here to identify changes using multitemporal data. Experiments have been carried out using two separate multitemporal remote sensing images captured one year apart and one month apart, respectively. Experimental analysis reveals that the proposed technique can detect up to 97.71% of changes which outperforms the traditional approaches.