total = bwarea(BW) estimates
the area of the objects in binary image BW. total is
a scalar whose value corresponds roughly to the total number of on pixels
in the image, but might not be exactly the same because different
patterns of pixels are weighted differently.

Class Support

BW can be numeric or logical. For numeric
input, any nonzero pixels are considered to be on.
The return value total is of class double.

bwarea estimates the area of all of the on pixels
in an image by summing the areas of each pixel in the image. The area
of an individual pixel is determined by looking at its 2-by-2 neighborhood.
There are six different patterns, each representing a different area:

Patterns with zero on pixels (area
= 0)

Patterns with one on pixel (area
= 1/4)

Patterns with two adjacent on pixels
(area = 1/2)

Patterns with two diagonal on pixels
(area = 3/4)

Patterns with three on pixels (area
= 7/8)

Patterns with all four on pixels
(area = 1)

Keep in mind that each pixel is part of four different 2-by-2
neighborhoods. This means, for example, that a single on pixel
surrounded by off pixels has a total area of 1.

References

[1] Pratt, William K., Digital
Image Processing, New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
1991, p. 634.