The total detection reliability of a mine-searching system is governed by the following three elements:
- Intrinsic capability, which describes the basic physical-technical capability of the method.
- Application factors, which include those due to environment.
- Human factor, which is the effect of human operators on the detection reliability.
Some of these can be determined in simple laboratory measurements in which the effect on detection capability of individual parameters is measured. However, the human factor and some aspects of the effects of environmental conditions on the system need to be treated statistically.
Mueller, Christina; Gaal, Mate; Scharmach, Martina; Bär, Sylke; Lewis, A.M.; Bloodworth, T.J.; Guelle, Dieter; and Wilrich, Peter-Th
"ITEP Test Trials for Detection Reliability Assessment of Metal Detectors,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 8
, Article 43.
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