Distributed detection with multiple sensors: Part I - fundamentals

Ramanarayanan Viswanathan, Pramod K. Varshney

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In this paper, basic results on distributed detection are reviewed. In particular, we consider the parallel and the serial architectures in some detail and discuss the decision rules obtained from their optimization based on the Neyman-Pearson (NP) criterion and the Bayes formulation. For conditionally independent sensor observations, the optimality of the likelihood ratio test (LRT) at the sensors is established. General comments on several important issues are made including the computational complexity of obtaining the optimal solutions, the design of detection networks with more general topologies, and applications to different areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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