Effect of prior probability quality on biased time-delay estimation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

When properly constructed, biased estimators are known to produce lower mean-square errors than unbiased estimators. A biased estimator for the problem of ultrasound time-delay estimation was recently proposed. The proposed estimator incorporates knowledge of adjacent displacement estimates into the final estimate of a displacement. This is accomplished by using adjacent estimates to create a prior probability on the current estimate. Theory and simulations are used to investigate how the prior probability impacts the final estimate. The results show that with estimation quality on the order of the Cramer-Rao lower bound at adjacent locations, the local estimate in question should generally exceed the Cramer-Rao lower-bound limitations on performance of an unbiased estimator. The results as a whole provide additional confidence for the proposed estimator.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Byram, BC; Trahey, GE; Palmeri, ML

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 80

PubMed ID

  • 22724313

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3493255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0910

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-7346

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/016173461203400201


  • eng