Dept. of Robotics Science and Technology,
Chubu University

Local Image Feature Conference

Multiple-hypothesis affine region estimation with anisotropic LoG filters

Takahiro Hasegawa, Mitsuru Ambai, Kohta Ishikawa, Gou koutaki, Yuji Yamauchi, Takayoshi Yamashita, Hironobu Fujiyoshi
International Conference on Computer Vision, 2015.

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We propose a method for estimating multiple-hypothesis affine regions from a keypoint by using an anisotropic Laplacian-of-Gaussian (LoG) filter. Although conventional affine region detectors, such as Hessian/Harris-Affine, iterate to find an affine region that fits a given image patch, such iterative searching is adversely affected by an initial point. To avoid this problem, we allow multiple detections from a single keypoint. We demonstrate that the responses of all possible anisotropic LoG filters can be efficiently computed by factorizing them in a similar manner to spectral SIFT. A large number of LoG filters that are densely sampled in a parameter space are reconstructed by a weighted combination of a limited number of representative filters, called “eigenfilters”, by using singular value decomposition. Also, the reconstructed filter responses of the sampled parameters can be interpolated to a continuous representation by using a series of proper functions. This results in efficient multiple extrema searching in a continuous space. Experiments revealed that our method has higher repeatability than the conventional methods.

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