Memoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University
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Unified Computation of Strict Maximum Likelihood for Geometric Fitting

金谷 健一 Department of Computer Science Okayama University
Sugaya Yasuyuki Department of Information and Computer Sciences Toyohashi University of Technology
A new numerical scheme is presented for computing strict maximum likelihood (ML) of geometric fitting problems having an implicit constraint. Our approach is orthogonal projection of observations onto a parameterized surface defined by the constraint. Assuming a linearly separable nonlinear constraint, we show that a theoretically global solution can be obtained by iterative Sampson error minimization. Our approach is illustrated by ellipse fitting and fundamental matrix computation. Our method also encompasses optimal correction, computing, e.g., perpendiculars to an ellipse and triangulating stereo images. A detailed discussion is given to technical and practical issues about our approach.