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Robust contour decomposition using a constant curvature criterion

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2 Author(s)
D. M. Wuescher ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA ; K. L. Boyer

The problem of decomposing an extended boundary or contour into simple primitives is addressed with particular emphasis on Laplacian-of-Gaussian zero-crossing contours. A technique is introduced for partitioning such contours into constant curvature segments. A nonlinear `blip' filter matched to the impairment signature of the curvature computation process, an overlapped voting scheme, and a sequential contiguous segment extraction mechanism are used. This technique is insensitive to reasonable changes in algorithm parameters and robust to noise and minor viewpoint-induced distortions in the contour shape, such as those encountered between stereo image pairs. The results vary smoothly with the data, and local perturbations induce only local changes in the result. Robustness and insensitivity are experimentally verified

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 1 )