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A Graph Cut Approach to Image Segmentation in Tensor Space.

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  • 1School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0250.

Abstract

This paper proposes a novel method to apply the standard graph cut technique to segmenting multimodal tensor valued images. The Riemannian nature of the tensor space is explicitly taken into account by first mapping the data to a Euclidean space where non-parametric kernel density estimates of the regional distributions may be calculated from user initialized regions. These distributions are then used as regional priors in calculating graph edge weights. Hence this approach utilizes the true variation of the tensor data by respecting its Riemannian structure in calculating distances when forming probability distributions. Further, the non-parametric model generalizes to arbitrary tensor distribution unlike the Gaussian assumption made in previous works. Casting the segmentation problem in a graph cut framework yields a segmentation robust with respect to initialization on the data tested.

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PMC3653984
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