A new coefficient for accuracy assessment of land-cover classification based on Kullback-Leibler information

Ryuei Nishii, Shojiro Tanaka

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Several measures assessing the accuracy of land-cover classification are available, e.g., overall and class- averaged accuracies. Also kappa statistic is widely used for this purpose. In this article, we discuss the properties of these criteria, and point out that the kappa statistic has an unfavorable feature. We propose alternative coefficients based on Kullback-Leibler information. Further, significance tests for the difference between the coefficients derived by classification results are established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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