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Local scale control for edge detection and blur estimation

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2 Author(s)
Elder, J.H. ; Dept. of Psychol., York Univ., North York, Ont., Canada ; Zucker, S.W.

We show that knowledge of sensor properties and operator norms can be exploited to define a unique, locally computable minimum reliable scale for local estimation at each point in the image. This method for local scale control is applied to the problem of detecting and localizing edges in images with shallow depth of field and shadows. We show that edges spanning a broad range of blur scales and contrasts can be recovered accurately by a single system with no input parameters other than the second moment of the sensor noise. A natural dividend of this approach is a measure of the thickness of contours which can be used to estimate focal and penumbral blur. Local scale control is shown to be important for the estimation of blur in complex images, where the potential for interference between nearby edges of very different blur scale requires that estimates be made at the minimum reliable scale

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Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 7 )