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Figure-Ground Discrimination by Mean Field Annealing

Abstract : We formulate the figure-ground discrimination problem as a combinatorial optimization problem. We suggest a cost function that makes explicit a definition of shape based on interactions between image edges. These interactions have some mathematical analogy with interacting spin systems -- a model that is well suited for solving combinatorial optimization problems. We devise a mean field annealing method for finding the global minimum of such a spin system and the method successfully solves for the figure-ground problem.
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Laurent Herault, Radu Horaud. Figure-Ground Discrimination by Mean Field Annealing. 2nd European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV '92), May 1992, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. pp.58--66, ⟨10.1007/3-540-55426-2_7⟩. ⟨inria-00590008⟩

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