The dynamics of information fusion: synthetic versus misassociation
Fusion entails both the association and synthesis of information. If missassociations occur, they obviously undermine the gains won by synthesis, compromising the fusion product. An analytic framework is presented here to study the competition between the negative effect of missassociationand the positive effect of synthesis, to demonstrateand analyze their interplay quantitatively. Here the quality of information being enhanced or degraded is taken to be the extent to which the information correctly determines a decision or action inference. To say that the uncertainty injected by missassociation may overwhelm the uncertainty reduction wonby synthesis, for instance, would mean that this inference-determining quality of information fallsin fusion below that of the best information source working independently. This is ultimately a study in uncertainty dynamics: the beneficial reduction of uncertainty by synthesis in fusion versus the detrimental increase of uncertainty due to association, which are both always present in fusion to some degree.
SourceFUSION 2006, The 9th International Conference on Information
Fusion 2006, Florence (Italy), 10-13 July 2006, Conference
Kessel, Ronald T.