Fractional fourier transform pre-processing for neural networks and its application to object recognition
This study investigates fractional Fourier transform pre-processing of input signals to neural networks. The fractional Fourier transform is a generalization of the ordinary Fourier transform with an order parameter a. Judicious choice of this parameter can lead to overall improvement of the neural network performance. As an illustrative example, we consider recognition and position estimation of different types of objects based on their sonar returns. Raw amplitude and time-of-flight patterns acquired from a real sonar system are processed, demonstrating reduced error in both recognition and position estimation of objects. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.