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Effective Scale: A Natural Unit for Measuring Scale-Space Lifetime
October 1993 (vol. 15 no. 10)
pp. 1068-1074

A manner in which a notion of effective scale can be introduced in a formal way is developed. For continuous signals, a scaling argument directly gives a natural unit for measuring scale-space lifetime in terms of the logarithm of the ordinary scale parameter. That approach is, however, not appropriate for discrete signals since an infinite lifetime would be assigned to structures existing in the original signal. It is shown how such an effective scale parameter can be defined to give consistent results for both discrete and continuous signals. The treatment is based on the assumption that the probability that a local extremum disappears during a short-scale interval should not vary with scale. As a tool for the analysis, estimates are given of how the density of local extrema can be expected to vary with scale in the scale-space representation of different random noise signals both in the continuous and discrete cases.

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Index Terms:
effective scale; scale-space lifetime measurement unit; image processing
T. Lindberg, "Effective Scale: A Natural Unit for Measuring Scale-Space Lifetime," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 1068-1074, Oct. 1993, doi:10.1109/34.254063
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