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L. Lam, S.W. Lee, C.Y. Suen, "Thinning MethodologiesA Comprehensive Survey," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 869885, September, 1992.  
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@article{ 10.1109/34.161346, author = {L. Lam and S.W. Lee and C.Y. Suen}, title = {Thinning MethodologiesA Comprehensive Survey}, journal ={IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence}, volume = {14}, number = {9}, issn = {01628828}, year = {1992}, pages = {869885}, doi = {http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/34.161346}, publisher = {IEEE Computer Society}, address = {Los Alamitos, CA, USA}, }  
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A comprehensive survey of thinning methodologies is presented. A wide range of thinning algorithms, including iterative deletion of pixels and nonpixelbased methods, is covered. Skeletonization algorithms based on medial axis and other distance transforms are not considered. An overview of the iterative thinning process and the pixeldeletion criteria needed to preserve the connectivity of the image pattern is given first. Thinning algorithms are then considered in terms of these criteria and their modes of operation. Nonpixelbased methods that usually produce a center line of the pattern directly in one pass without examining all the individual pixels are discussed. The algorithms are considered in great detail and scope, and the relationships among them are explored.
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