A Geodesic Mixed Effects Model in Kendall’s Shape Space

  • Esfandiar Nava-YazdaniEmail author
  • Hans-Christian Hege
  • Christoph von Tycowicz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11846)


In many applications, geodesic hierarchical models are adequate for the study of temporal observations. We employ such a model derived for manifold-valued data to Kendall’s shape space. In particular, instead of the Sasaki metric, we adapt a functional-based metric, which increases the computational efficiency and does not require the implementation of the curvature tensor. We propose the corresponding variational time discretization of geodesics and apply the approach for the estimation of group trends and statistical testing of 3D shapes derived from an open access longitudinal imaging study on osteoarthritis.


Longitudinal modeling Shape trajectory Riemannian metric Geodesic regression Parallel transport Kendall’s shape space 



We are grateful for the open-access OAI dataset of the Osteoarthritis Initiative, that is a public-private partnership comprised of five contracts (N01-AR-2-2258; N01-AR-2-2259; N01-AR-2-2260; N01-AR-2-2261; N01-AR-2-2262) funded by the National Institutes of Health, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, and conducted by the OAI Study Investigators. Private funding partners include Merck Research Laboratories; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline; and Pfizer, Inc. Private sector funding for the OAI is managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. This manuscript was prepared using an OAI public use data set and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the OAI investigators, the NIH, or the private funding partners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zuse Institute BerlinBerlinGermany

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