How to count the number of occurrences of an item in an image?

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Tawa Yenni
Tawa Yenni on 10 Dec 2020
Edited: Tawa Yenni on 10 Dec 2020
I have a series of images that display plastic shapes of different colour that looks like this:
Sample Image
There can be several of the same shape and colour (eg. multiple blue squares). I also have a template image:
Template
I want to count the number of occurence of the template image in the image.
This is what I have tried so far, which creates a binary image of only the blue shapes:
I = imread("im1.jpg");
template = imread("blue_square.jpg");
Ired = I(:,:,1);
Igreen = I(:,:,2);
Iblue = I(:,:,3);
blueOnly = Iblue - Ired - Igreen;
se = strel('disk', 15);
blueBin = imfill(imerode(imdilate(blueOnly, se),se),'holes');

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