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IMPSAC: synthesis of importance sampling and random sample consensus

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2 Author(s)
P. H. S. Torr ; Microsoft Res. Ltd., Cambridge, UK ; C. Davidson

This paper proposes a new method for recovery of epipolar geometry and feature correspondence between images which have undergone a significant deformation, either due to large rotation or wide baseline of the cameras. The method also encodes the uncertainty by providing an arbitrarily close approximation to the posterior distribution of the two view relation. The method operates on a pyramid from coarse to fine resolution, thus raising the problem of how to propagate information from one level to another in a statistically consistent way. The distribution of the parameters at each resolution is encoded nonparametrically as a set of particles. At the coarsest level, a random sample consensus Monte Carlo Markov chain (RANSAC-MCMC) estimator is used to initialize this set of particles, the posterior can then be approximated as a mixture of Gaussians fitted to these particles. The distribution at a coarser level influences the distribution at a finer level using the technique of sampling-importance-resampling (SIR) and MCMC, which allows for asymptotically correct approximations of the posterior distribution. The estimate of the posterior distribution at the level above is being used as the importance sampling function to generate a new set of particles, which can be further improved by MCMC. It is shown that the method is superior to previous single resolution RANSAC-style feature matchers.

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 3 )