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A spatiospectral localization approach for analyzing and representing vector-valued functions on spherical surfaces
Author(s): Alain Plattner; Frederik J. Simons
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Paper Abstract

We review the construction of three different Slepian bases on the sphere, and illustrate their theoretical behavior and practical use for solving ill-posed satellite inverse problems. The first basis is scalar, the second vectorial, and the third suitable for the vector representation of the harmonic potential fields on which we focus our analysis. When data are noisy and incompletely observed over contiguous domains covering parts of the sphere at satellite altitude, expanding the unknown solution in terms of a Slepian basis and seeking truncated expansions to achieve least-squares data fit has advantages over conventional approaches that include the ease with which the solutions can be computed, and a clear statistical understanding of the competing effects of solution bias and variance in modulating the mean squared error, as we illustrate with several new examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8858, Wavelets and Sparsity XV, 88580N (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024703
Show Author Affiliations
Alain Plattner, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Frederik J. Simons, Princeton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8858:
Wavelets and Sparsity XV
Dimitri Van De Ville; Vivek K. Goyal; Manos Papadakis, Editor(s)

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