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The field of manifold learning provides powerful tools for parameterizing high-dimensional data points with a small number of parameters when this data lies on or near some manifold. Images can be thought of as points in some high-dimensional image space where each coordinate represents the intensity value of a single pixel. These manifold learning techniques have been successfully applied to simple image sets, such as handwriting data and a statue in a tightly controlled environment. However, they fail in the case of natural image sets, even those that only vary due to a single degree of freedom, such as a person walking or a heart beating. Parameterizing data sets such as these will allow for additional constraints on traditional computer vision problems such as segmentation and tracking. This dissertation explores the reasons why classical manifold learning algorithms fail on natural image sets and proposes new algorithms for parameterizing this type of data.
Souvenir, Richard, "Manifold Learning for Natural Image Sets, Doctoral Dissertation August 2006" Report Number: WUCSE-2006-57 (2006). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.