CHAPTER 8 Mathematical Morphology

8.1 Introduction

In Chapter 2 we met the operations of erosion and dilation, and in Chapter 6 we applied them to the filtering of binary images, showing that with suitable combinations of these operators it is possible to eliminate certain types of objects from images and to locate other objects. These possibilities are not fortuitous, but on the contrary reflect important mathematical properties of shape that are dealt with in the subject known as mathematical morphology. This subject has grown up over the past two or three decades, and over the past few years knowledge in this area has become consolidated and is now understood in considerable depth. This chapter gives some insight into this important area ...

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