CHAPTER 6 Binary Shape Analysis

6.1 Introduction

Over the past few decades, 2-D shape analysis has provided the main means by which objects are recognized and located in digital images. Fundamentally, 2-D shape has been important because it uniquely characterizes many types of object, from keys to characters, from gaskets to spanners, and from fingerprints to chromosomes, while in addition it can be represented by patterns in simple binary images. Chapter 1 showed how the template matching approach leads to a combinatorial explosion even when fairly basic patterns are to be found, so preliminary analysis of images to find features constitutes a crucial stage in the process of efficient recognition and location. Thus, the capability for binary ...

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