The Visual Computer

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 840–847

What’s in an image?

Towards the computation of the “best” view of an object


    • TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology
  • Giuseppe Patané
  • Silvia Biasotti
  • Craig Gotsman
    • Harvard University
  • Michela Spagnuolo
original article

DOI: 10.1007/s00371-005-0326-y

Cite this article as:
Polonsky, O., Patané, G., Biasotti, S. et al. Visual Comput (2005) 21: 840. doi:10.1007/s00371-005-0326-y


There are many possible 2D views of a given 3D object and most people would agree that some views are more aesthetic and/or more “informative” than others. Thus, it would be very useful, in many applications, to be able to automatically compute these “best” views. Although all measures of the quality of a view will ultimately be subjective, hence difficult to quantify, we propose some general principles which may be used to address this challenge. In particular, we describe a number of different ways to measure the goodness of a view, and show how to optimize these measures by reducing the size of the search space.


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