Image Matching Using Distance Transform

  • Abdul Ghafoor
  • Rao Naveed Iqbal
  • Shoab Khan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2749)


Image matching is an important task. There are many available methods for occluded image matching, e.g. Hausdorff distance, Distance Transformi and wavelet decomposition based methods. We proposed Modified Chamfer Matching Algorithm (MCMA) [16], a new simple distance transform based image matching algorithm. Here we propose few more matching measures and compare them. Basic concepts relating to distance transform are also explained. Examples to demonstrate the algorithm and necessary results are also included.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdul Ghafoor
    • 1
  • Rao Naveed Iqbal
    • 2
  • Shoab Khan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Electrical and Mechanical EngineeringNational University of Sciences and TechnologyRawalpindiPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Computer Engineering, College of Electrical and Mechanical EngineeringNational University of Sciences and TechnologyRawalpindiPakistan

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