fit_ellipse_contour_xld — Approximate XLD contours by ellipses or elliptic arcs.
fit_ellipse_contour_xld(Contours : : Algorithm, MaxNumPoints, MaxClosureDist, ClippingEndPoints, VossTabSize, Iterations, ClippingFactor : Row, Column, Phi, Radius1, Radius2, StartPhi, EndPhi, PointOrder)
fit_ellipse_contour_xld approximates the XLD contours Contours by elliptic arcs or closed ellipses. It does not perform a segmentation of the input contours. Thus, one has to make sure that each contour corresponds to one and only one elliptic structure. The operator returns for each contour the center (Row, Column), the orientation of the main axis Phi, the length of the larger half axis Radius1, and the length of the smaller half axis Radius2 of the underlying ellipse. In addition to that, the angle corresponding to the start point and the end point StartPhi, EndPhi, and the point order along the boundary PointOrder is returned for elliptic arcs. These parameters are set to 0, 2*PI, and 'positive' for closed ellipses. The algorithm used for the fitting of ellipses can be selected via Algorithm:
This approach minimizes the algebraic distance a*Xi^2 + b*Xi*Yi + c*Yi^2 + d*Xi + e*Yi + f between the contour points (Xi,Yi) and the resulting ellipse. The constraint 4ac - b^2 = 1 guarantees that the resulting polynom characterizes an ellipse (instead of a hyperbola or a parabola).
Similar to 'fitzgibbon'. Here the contour points are weighted to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Huber (see below).
Similar to 'fitzgibbon'. Here the contour points are weighted to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Tukey (see below).
This approach minimizes the geometric distance between the contour points and the resulting ellipse. The distance measure is statistically optimal, but takes more computational time, because the computation is an iterative process. This option is recommended if the contour points are considerably destorted by noise.
Similar to 'geometric'. Here the contour points are weighted to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Huber (see below).
Similar to 'geometric'. Here the contour points are weighted to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Tukey (see below).
Each input contour is transformed in an affine standard position. Based on the moments of the transformed contour (that is of the enclosed image region) the standard circular segment is choosen whose standard position matches best with the standard position of the contour. The ellipse corresponding to the standard position of the selected circular segment is re-transformed based on the affine transformation which produced the standard position of the contour resulting in the ellipse matching the original contour. VossTabSize standard circular segments are used for this computation. To speed up the process the corresponding moments and other data is stored in a table which is created during the first call (with a specific value for VossTabSize) to fit_ellipse_contour_xld.
Each point P on an ellipse satisfies the constraint that the sum of distances to the focal points F1,F2 equals twice the length of the larger half axis a. In this approach, the deviation PF1 + PF2 - 2a is minimized for all contour points by a least squares optimization.
Similar to 'focpoints'. Here a weighted least squares optimization is done to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Huber (see below).
Similar to 'focpoints'. Here a weighted least squares optimization is done to decrease the impact of outliers based on the approach of Tukey (see below).
For '*Huber' and '*Tukey' a robust error statistics is used to estimate the standard deviation of the distances from the contour points without outliers from the approximating ellipse. The parameter ClippingFactor (a scaling factor for the standard deviation) controls the amount of damping outliers: the smaller the value chosen for ClippingFactor the more points are classified as outliers. Every contour point is individually weighted and contributes according to its weight in the fitting process. The bundle of robust weighting and fitting can be iterated. The overall number of iterations is given by Iterations. This parameter is of relevance for all algorithms except the two based on the geometric distance, i.e. 'geohuber' and 'geotukey', where this parameter is ignored. In the Tukey algorithm outliers are removed, whereas in the Huber algorithm outliers are only damped, or more precisely they are weighted linearly. Without any robust weighting the squares of the distances are taken as error values in the optimization, i.e. a least square formulation. In practice, the approach of Tukey is recommended.
To reduce the computational load, the fitting of ellipses can be restricted to a subset of the contour points: If a value other than -1 is assigned to MaxNumPoints, only up to MaxNumPoints points - uniformly distributed over the contour - are used.
For elliptic arcs, the points on the ellipse closest to the start points and end points of the original contours are chosen as start and end points. The corresponding angles refering to the main axis of the ellipse are returned in StartPhi and EndPhi, see also gen_ellipse_contour_xld. Contours, for which the distance between their start points and their end points is less or equal MaxClosureDist are considered to be closed. Thus, they are approximated by ellipses instead of elliptic arcs. Due to artefacts in the pre-processing the start and end points of a contour might be faulty. Therefore, it is possible to exclude ClippingEndPoints points at the beginning and at the end of a contour from the fitting of ellipses. However, they are still used for the determination of StartPhi and EndPhi.
The minimun necessary number of contour points for fitting an ellipse is five. Therefore, it is required that the number of contour points is at least 5 + 2*ClippingEndPoints .
Algorithm for the fitting of ellipses.
Default value: 'fitzgibbon'
List of values: 'fitzgibbon', 'fhuber', 'ftukey', 'geometric', 'geohuber', 'geotukey', 'voss', 'focpoints', 'fphuber', 'fptukey'
Maximum number of contour points used for the computation (-1 for all points).
Default value: -1
Restriction: MaxNumPoints >= 5
Maximum distance between the end points of a contour to be considered as 'closed'.
Default value: 0.0
Restriction: MaxClosureDist >= 0.0
Number of points at the beginning and at the end of the contours to be ignored for the fitting.
Default value: 0
Restriction: ClippingEndPoints >= 0
Number of circular segments used for the Voss approach.
Default value: 200
Restriction: (VossTabSize >= 25) && (VossTabSize <= 5000)
Maximum number of iterations for the robust weighted fitting.
Default value: 3
Restriction: Iterations >= 0
Clipping factor for the elimination of outliers (typical: 1.0 for '*Huber' and 2.0 for '*Tukey').
Default value: 2.0
List of values: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0
Restriction: ClippingFactor > 0
Row coordinate of the center of the ellipse.
Column coordinate of the center of the ellipse.
Orientation of the main axis [rad].
Length of the larger half axis.
Length of the smaller half axis.
Angle of the start point [rad].
Angle of the end point [rad].
point order along the boundary.
List of values: 'positive', 'negative'
read_image (Image, 'caltab') find_caltab (Image, Caltab, 'caltabBig.descr', 3, 112, 5) reduce_domain (Image, Caltab, ImageReduced) edges_sub_pix (ImageReduced, Edges, 'lanser2', 0.5, 20, 40) select_contours_xld (Edges, EdgesClosed, 'closed', 0, 2.0, 0, 0) select_contours_xld (EdgesClosed, EdgesMarks, 'length', 20, 80, 0, 0) fit_ellipse_contour_xld (EdgesMarks, 'fitzgibbon', -1, 2, 0, 200, 3, 2.0, \ Row, Column, Phi, Radius1, Radius2, StartPhi, \ EndPhi, PointOrder) gen_ellipse_contour_xld (EllMarks, Row, Column, Phi, Radius1, Radius2, \ StartPhi, EndPhi, PointOrder, 1.5) length_xld(EllMarks,Length)
fit_ellipse_contour_xld returns 2 (H_MSG_TRUE) if all parameter values are correct, and ellipses could be fitted to the input contours. If the input is empty the behaviour can be set via set_system('no_object_result',<Result>). If necessary, an exception is raised. If the parameter ClippingFactor is chosen too small, i.e., all points are classified as outliers, the error 3264 is raised.
gen_contours_skeleton_xld, lines_gauss, lines_facet, edges_sub_pix, smooth_contours_xld
gen_ellipse_contour_xld, disp_ellipse, get_points_ellipse