Distributed Detection with Common Observations

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Distributed detection with dependent observations is always a challenging problem. In this paper, we consider a special dependent case where sensors share some common information. Specifically, we investigate a tandem network with sensor 1 sending a one-bit decision to sensor 2 where the final decision is made. Along with their common observation X2, sensors 1 and 2 possess their conditionally independent measurements X1 and X3, respectively. After obtaining the relationship between the optimal sensor 1 rule and sensor 2 fusion rule, we derive the necessary condition for the optimal sensor decision rules for both sensors. We compare the optimal rules with two suboptimal rules for distributed detection of a constant DC signal in Gaussian noise with various of signal-to-noise ratios.