Signal-to-Noise Behavior for Matches to Gradient Direction Models of Corners in Images

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Gradient direction models for corners of prescribed acuteness, leg length, and leg thickness are constructed by generating fields of unit vectors emanating from leg pixels that point normal to the edges. A novel FFT-based algorithm that quickly matches models of corners at all possible positions and orientations in the image to fields of gradient directions for image pixels is described. The signal strength of a corner is discussed in terms of the number of pixels along the edges of a corner in an image, while noise is characterized by the coherence of gradient directions along those edges. The detection-false alarm ... continued below

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Paglieroni, D W & Manay, S February 9, 2007.

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Gradient direction models for corners of prescribed acuteness, leg length, and leg thickness are constructed by generating fields of unit vectors emanating from leg pixels that point normal to the edges. A novel FFT-based algorithm that quickly matches models of corners at all possible positions and orientations in the image to fields of gradient directions for image pixels is described. The signal strength of a corner is discussed in terms of the number of pixels along the edges of a corner in an image, while noise is characterized by the coherence of gradient directions along those edges. The detection-false alarm rate behavior of our corner detector is evaluated empirically by manually constructing maps of corner locations in typical overhead images, and then generating different ROC curves for matches to models of corners with different leg lengths and thicknesses. We then demonstrate how corners found with our detector can be used to quickly and automatically find families of polygons of arbitrary position, size and orientation in overhead images.

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  • Presented at: SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, Orlando, FL, United States, Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2007

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  • Report No.: UCRL-CONF-228119
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 908105
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Paglieroni, D W & Manay, S. Signal-to-Noise Behavior for Matches to Gradient Direction Models of Corners in Images, article, February 9, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc881721/: accessed December 9, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.