Video tracking and behaviour segmentation of laboratory rodents
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In this paper a system for laboratory rodent video tracking and behavior segmentation is proposed. A new real-time mouse pose estimation method is proposed based on semi-automatically generated animal shape model. Behavior segmentation into separate behavior acts is considered as a signal segmentation problem using hidden Markov models (HMM). Conventional first order HMM supposes a geometric prior distribution on segment’s length, which is inadequate for behavior segmentation. We propose a modification of conventional first order HMM that allows any prior distribution on segment’s length. Experiments show that the developed approach can lead to more adequate results comparing to conventional HMM.
KeywordsHidden Markov Models video tracking behaviour analysis active shape models Graph cuts minimal description length
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