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Ellipse Detection Using 1D Hough Transform

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An efficient ellipse detector based on Hough voting

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Overview:
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Fits an ellipse by examining all possible major axes (all pairs of points) and getting the minor axis using Hough transform. The algorithm complexity depends on the number of valid non-zero points, therefore it is beneficial to provide as many restrictions in the "params" input arguments as possible if there is any prior
knowledge about the problem.

The code is reasonably fast due to (optional) randomization and full code vectorization. However, as the algorithm needs to compute pairwise point distances, it can be quite memory intensive. If you get out of memory errors, either downsample the input image or somehow decrease the number of non-zero points in it. It can deal with big amount of noise but can have severe problem with occlusions (major axis end points need to be visible)

Input arguments:
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img
  - One-channel input image (greyscale or binary).
params
  - Parameters of the algorithm:
      * minMajorAxis: Minimal length of major axis accepted.
      * maxMajorAxis: Maximal length of major axis accepted.
rotation, rotationSpan: Specification of restriction on the angle of the major axis in degrees. If rotationSpan is in (0,90), only angles within [rotation-rotationSpan, rotation+rotationSpan] are accepted.
      * minAspectRatio: Minimal aspect ratio of an ellipse (in (0,1))
      * randomize: Subsampling of all possible point pairs. Instead of examining all N*N pairs, runs only on N*randomize pairs. If 0, randomization is turned off.
      * numBest: Top numBest to return
      * uniformWeights: Used to prefer some points over others. If false, accumulator points are weighted by their grey intensity in the image. If true, the input image is regarded as binary.
      * smoothStddev: In order to provide more stability of the solution, the accumulator is convolved with a gaussian kernel. This parameter specifies its standard deviation in pixels.

Return value:
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Returns a matrix of best fits. Each row (there are params.numBest of them) contains six elements: [x0 y0 a b alpha score] being the center of the ellipse, its major and minor axis, its angle in degrees and score.

Based on:
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- "A New Efficient Ellipse Detection Method" (Yonghong Xie Qiang , Qiang Ji / 2002)
- random subsampling inspired by "Randomized Hough Transform for Ellipse Detection with Result Clustering" (CA Basca, M Talos, R Brad / 2005)

Update log:
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1.1: More memory efficient code, better documentation, more parameters, more solutions possible, example code.
1.0: Initial version

Required Products MATLAB
Image Processing Toolbox
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.11 (R2010b)
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Comments and Ratings (17)
10 Jul 2014 Christian  
16 Jun 2014 Antonio Scrima

Good Job!!!

14 May 2014 Omar Al Okashi

Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your valuable work... when I run your example I got this error message:

??? Subscript indices must either be real positive integers or logicals

Error in ==> example at 18
image(I);

Can you help me please to fix this...

14 May 2014 Nicole Kovacs

Really liked it! Congratulations!

02 Apr 2014 Hemo khalifa

it's not working

12 Sep 2013 Georgi

Can you please tell me what to change to detect more than one ellipse in one image(for example 3 ellipses)
It's very important!
Thank you in advance

09 Sep 2013 Georgi

I am talking about the hough matrix.
Is it possible to dispay it and if it is possible which is the code?

05 Sep 2013 Georgi

Hello again,
i handle with the 1 fit.
But is it possible to get the graphic of the Hough transform and if it is,what is the code?
Thanks in advance

05 Sep 2013 Georgi

*graphic

04 Sep 2013 Georgi

Hello,
first.congratulation for the excellent work!
I have a question,how to change the code to have 1 fit at the picture at the end,only one draw of the ellipse, not 3(the best fit)

19 Apr 2013 leon

Hi Martin Simonovsky,

can you teach me how to use the coding to ellipse detect the image below. I really need your help, i had try many method but cannot ellipse detect the object.now i had out of time. really need your help,your help waill be appreciated.
Thank you.

http://snag.gy/oSz2X.jpg http://snag.gy/UBlgG.jpg http://snag.gy/e8mJG.jpg http://snag.gy/sI69L.jpg http://snag.gy/Rz8dB.jpg

05 Dec 2012 Andri Pranata

heres my email if you please :) andripranatakusuma@hotmail.com

05 Dec 2012 Andri Pranata

hey martin, im andri from indonesia. your code maybe is a modified form of old ellipse detection method, maybe :p before you create this code, is there any old ellipse detector you have? could you send me that code to my email? thank you martin :)

25 Apr 2012 Brill

High speed, but not very satisfactory result.

10 Mar 2012 Martin Simonovsky

Hao zheng Yan: See e.g. http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/289 for drawing an ellipse.

04 Jan 2012 Hao zheng Yan  
04 Jan 2012 Hao zheng Yan

The code is very Conciseļ¼But the function of drawing ellipse is not submited.Can you submit a testing image?

Updates
25 Jul 2013

More memory efficient code, better documentation, more parameters, more solutions possible, example code.

26 Jul 2013

fixed broken formatting (tabs x spaces)

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