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Issue No. 03 - March (1999 vol. 21)
ISSN: 0162-8828
pp: 216-224
<p><b>Abstract</b>—We examine the histogram method proposed in [<ref rid="bibi02161" type="bib">1</ref>] for estimating the parameters associated with a Markov random field. This method relies on the estimation of the local interaction sums from histogram data. We derive an estimator for these quantities that is optimal in a well-defined sense. Furthermore, we show that the final step of the histogram method, the solution of a least-squares problem, can be done substantially faster than one might expect if no equation culling is used. We also examine the use of weighted least-squares and see that this seems to lead to better estimates even with small amounts of data.</p>
Markov random fields, parameter estimation.

C. F. Borges, "On the Estimation of Markov Random Field Parameters," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 21, no. , pp. 216-224, 1999.
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