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Shape similarity comparison of 3D models using alpha shapes

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2 Author(s)
Ohbuchi, R. ; Interdisciplinary Graduate Sch. of Medicine & Eng., Univ. of Yamanashi, Japan ; Takei, T.

As the number of in-house and public-domain 3D shape models increase, importance of shape-similarity based search and retrieval for 3D shapes models has increased rapidly. In this paper, we describe our preliminary findings in applying a multiresolution analysis technique to the task of shape similarity comparison of polygon soup models. We used the 3D alpha shapes algorithm to create a multiresolution hierarchy of shapes from the given 3D models. We then applied a (single resolution) shape descriptor to each of the models at multiple resolution levels to derive a multiresolution shape descriptor. According to our evaluation experiments, the retrieval performance of our resolution descriptor outperformed its single resolution counterpart, proving the effectiveness of the basic approach.

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Computer Graphics and Applications, 2003. Proceedings. 11th Pacific Conference on

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8-10 Oct. 2003