Measurement of the lengths of digitized curved lines

T. J. Ellis, D. Proffitt, D. Rosen, W. Rutkowski

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An examination is made of methods of measuring the lengths of arbitrarily shaped smooth curves from their quantized representations, both in the absence and in the presence of noise. For 4-way encoded curves in the absence of noise, the length of the underlying smooth curve can be accurately assessed as nπ/4 where n is the number of direction vectors in the curve, or as a function of n and the number of corners in the curve. Good measurements can also be obtained in the presence or absence of noise by means of an m-step polygon measure, or after direction or curvature smoothing. The methods are explained and their merits are compared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalComputer Graphics and Image Processing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1979
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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