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Comparison between the morphological skeleton and morphological shape decomposition

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2 Author(s)
J. M. Reinhardt ; Dept. of Radiol., Iowa Univ., Iowa City, IA, USA ; W. E. Higgins

The morphological skeleton and morphological shape decomposition (MSD) are two popular approaches for morphological shape representation. Each method represents an object as an algebraic combination of a number of components, where each component is given by a locus of points dilated by a specified structuring-element homothetic. This correspondence develops a theoretical comparison between the two methods. Combining the theoretical results with several representation cost measures, we make a concrete comparison of the efficiency of the two methods. The results indicate that for complex objects-i.e., objects requiring a full range of homothetic sizes in the morphological skeleton representation-the MSD represents objects more efficiently than the morphological skeleton for three of four suggested cost measures

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 9 )