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Detecting Objects of Variable Shape Structure With Hidden State Shape Models

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Detecting Objects of Variable Shape Structure With Hidden State Shape Models
This paper proposes a method for detecting object classes that exhibit variable shape structure in heavily cluttered images. The term "variable shape structure" is used to characterize object classes in which some shape parts can be repeated an arbitrary number of times, some parts can be optional, and some parts can have several alternative appearances. Hidden State Shape Models (HSSMs), a generalization of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), are introduced to model object classes of variable shape structure using a probabilistic framework. A polynomial inference algorithm automatically determines object location, orientation, scale, and structure by finding the globally optimal registration of model states with the image features, even in the presence of clutter. Experiments with real images demonstrate that the proposed method can localize objects of variable shape structure with high accuracy. For the task of hand shape localization and structure identification, the proposed met...
Jingbin Wang, Vassilis Athitsos, Stan Sclaroff, Ma
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where PAMI
Authors Jingbin Wang, Vassilis Athitsos, Stan Sclaroff, Margrit Betke
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