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OpenCV with Python By Example by Prateek Joshi

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Detecting the corners

Since we know that the corners are "interesting", let's see how we can detect them. In computer vision, there is a popular corner detection technique called Harris Corner Detector. We basically construct a 2x2 matrix based on partial derivatives of the grayscale image, and then analyze the eigenvalues. This is actually an oversimplification of the actual algorithm, but it covers the gist. So, if you want to understand the underlying mathematical details, you can look into the original paper by Harris and Stephens at http://www.bmva.org/bmvc/1988/avc-88-023.pdf. A corner point is a point where both the eigenvalues would have large values.

Let's consider the following image:

If you run the Harris corner detector on this image, ...

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