Estimation of epipolar geometry by linear mixed-effect modelling

Huiyu Zhou, Patrick R. Green, Andrew M. Wallace

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Epipolar geometry relies on the determination of the fundamental matrix. Classical approaches for estimating the fundamental matrix assume that a Gaussian distribution exists in the errors in view of mathematical tractability. However, this assumption will not be justified when the distribution computed is not normally distributed. We propose a new approach that does not make the Gaussian assumption, and so can attain robustness and accuracy in different conditions. The proposed framework, weighted least squares (WLS), is the application of linear mixed-effect models considering the correlation between different data subsamples. It provides an unbiased estimation of the fundamental matrix after mitigating the effects of outliers. We test the new model by using synthetic and real images, and comparing it to standard methods. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3881-3890
Number of pages10
Issue number16-18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Epipolar geometry
  • Fundamental matrix
  • Least square
  • Mixed effects
  • Outlier


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