Kybernetika 34 no. 4, 411-416, 1998

On selecting the best features in a noisy environment

Jan Flusser and Tomáš Suk


This paper introduces a novel method for selecting a feature subset yielding an optimal trade-off between class separability and feature space dimensionality. We assume the following feature properties: (a) the features are ordered into a sequence, (b) robustness of the features decreases with an increasing order and (c) higher-order features supply more detailed information about the objects. We present a general algorithm how to find under those assumptions the optimal feature subset. Its performance is demonstrated experimentally in the space of moment-based descriptors of 1-D signals, which are invariant to linear filtering.