This paper submits a comprehensive report of the use of order statistics (OS) for parametric pattern recognition (PR) for various distributions within the exponential family. Although the field of parametric PR has been thoroughly studied for over five decades, the use of the OS of the distributions to achieve this has not been reported. The pioneering work on using OS for classification was presented earlier for the uniform distribution and for some members of the exponential family, where it was shown that optimal PR can be achieved in a counter-intuitive manner, diametrically opposed to the Bayesian paradigm, i.e., by comparing the testing sample to a few samples distant from the mean. Apart from the results for the Gaussian and doubly exponential which are merely cited here, our new results include the Rayleigh, Gamma and certain Beta distributions. The new scheme, referred to as classification by moments of order statistics (CMOS), has an accuracy that attains Bayes' bound for symmetric distributions, and is, otherwise, very close to the optimal Bayes' bound, as has been shown both theoretically and by rigorous experimental testing. The results here also give a theoretical foundation for the families of border identification (BI) algorithms reported in the literature.

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Keywords Classification by moments of order statistics, Pattern classification, Prototype reduction schemes
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Journal Pattern Recognition
Oommen, J, & Thomas, A. (A.). (2014). "Anti-Bayesian" parametric pattern classification using order statistics criteria for some members of the exponential family. Pattern Recognition, 47(1), 40–55. doi:10.1016/j.patcog.2013.02.006