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DTU Working Paper: WP54 - Problem of Evaluating Performance of Landmine Detection Systems

R Gasser & T. H. Thomas, (2000)

Reports of promising mine detection technologies of necessity quote results such as a "95% success rate" or "16 out of 16 targets found" but usually do not attempt to present an analysis of the statistical confidence of such data. This working paper examines the difficulties in assessing the performance of mine detecting equipment both quantitatively, by developing a statistical analysis and presenting the results, and qualitatively, by analysing the practical difficulties of evaluating equipment performance specific to demining. Use of the concept of "margin of detection" is proposed as a possible way forward.

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