International Journal of Computer Vision

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 53–66

A review of statistical data association techniques for motion correspondence

  • Ingemar J. Cox

DOI: 10.1007/BF01440847

Cite this article as:
Cox, I.J. Int J Comput Vision (1993) 10: 53. doi:10.1007/BF01440847


Motion correspondence is a fundamental problem in computer vision and many other disciplines. This article describes statistical data association techniques originally developed in the context of target tracking and surveillance and now beginning to be used in dynamic motion analysis by the computer vision community. The Mahalanobis distance measure is first introduced before discussing the limitations of nearest neighbor algorithms. Then, the track-splitting, joint likelihood, multiple hypothesis algorithms are described, each method solving an increasingly more complicated optimization. Real-time constraints may prohibit the application of these optimal methods. The suboptimal joint probabilistic data association algorithm is therefore described. The advantages, limitations, and relationships between the approaches are discussed.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingemar J. Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.NEC Research InstitutePrinceton

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