Published in Viswanathan, R., & Ansari, A. (1989). Distributed detection of a signal in generalized Gaussian noise. IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 37(5), 775-778. DOI: 10.1109/29.17575 ©1989 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


The problem of distributed detection of a signal in incompletely specified noise is considered. The noise assumed belongs to the generalized Gaussian family and the sensors in the distributed network employ the Wilcoxon test. The sensors pass the test statistics to a fusion center, where a hypothesis testing results in a decision regarding the presence or the absence of a signal. Three monotone and admissible fusion center tests are formulated. Restricted numerical evaluation over a certain parameter range of the noise distribution and the range of signal level indicates that these tests yield performances at comparable levels.