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Space and Time Bounds on Indexing 3D Models from 2D Images
October 1991 (vol. 13 no. 10)
pp. 1007-1017

Model-based visual recognition systems often match groups of image features to groups of model features to form initial hypotheses, which are then verified. In order to accelerate recognition considerably, the model groups can be arranged in an index space (hashed) offline such that feasible matches are found by indexing into this space. For the case of 2D images and 3D models consisting of point features, bounds on the space required for indexing and on the speedup that such indexing can achieve are demonstrated. It is proved that, even in the absence of image error, each model must be represented by a 2D surface in the index space. This places an unexpected lower bound on the space required to implement indexing and proves that no quantity is invariant for all projections of a model into the image. Theoretical bounds on the speedup achieved by indexing in the presence of image error are also determined, and an implementation of indexing for measuring this speedup empirically is presented. It is found that indexing can produce only a minimal speedup on its own. However, when accompanied by a grouping operation, indexing can provide significant speedups that grow exponentially with the number of features in the groups.

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Index Terms:
3D model indexing; space bounds; model-based recognition; feature extraction; time bounds; 2D images; visual recognition systems; image features; model features; grouping operation; computerised pattern recognition; computerised picture processing
Citation:
D.T. Clemens, D.W. Jacobs, "Space and Time Bounds on Indexing 3D Models from 2D Images," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 1007-1017, Oct. 1991, doi:10.1109/34.99235
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