### Abstract

The paper deals with decentralized Bayesian detection with M hypotheses, and N sensors making conditionally correlated measurements regarding these hypotheses. Each sensor sends to a fusion center an integer from {0, 1, D - 1}, and the fusion center makes a decision on the actual hypothesis based on the messages it receives from the sensors so as to minimize the average probability of error. Such conditionally dependent scenarios arise in several applications of decentralized detection such as sensor networks and network security. Conditional dependence leads to a non-standard distributed decision problem where threshold based policies (on likelihood ratios) are no longer optimal, which results in a challenging distributed optimization/decision making problem. We show that, in this case, the minimum average probability of error cannot be expressed as a function of the marginal distributions of the sensor messages. Instead, we characterize this probability based on the joint distributions of these messages. We also provide some numerical results for the case where the sensors' measurements follow bivariate normal distributions.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2008 |

Pages | 4164-4169 |

Number of pages | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2008 |

Event | 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2008 - Cancun, Mexico Duration: Dec 9 2008 → Dec 11 2008 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control |
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ISSN (Print) | 0191-2216 |

### Other

Other | 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2008 |
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Country | Mexico |

City | Cancun |

Period | 12/9/08 → 12/11/08 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Control and Systems Engineering
- Modeling and Simulation
- Control and Optimization

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*Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2008*(pp. 4164-4169). [4739150] (Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control). https://doi.org/10.1109/CDC.2008.4739150