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Foreground segmentation with single reference frame using iterative likelihood estimation and graph-cut

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2 Author(s)
Takahashi, K. ; Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo ; Mori, T.

This paper introduces a new foreground segmentation method. In contrast to most of the related works, our method uses only two image frames, a target frame to process, and a single reference frame. Our method first conducts simple thresholding like background subtraction, but then applies an iteration scheme we propose to estimate the pixel-wise likelihood of belonging to the foreground/background from the frame-to-frame difference. Finally, a further refinement considering edges is applied using graph-cut optimization. Experimental results show the effectiveness of our method, especially in that it keeps good performance over a wide range of the threshold value. That consistent performance will become an important step toward fully-automatic segmentation.

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Multimedia and Expo, 2008 IEEE International Conference on

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June 23 2008-April 26 2008