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FREAK descriptor type with selectPairs

asked 2013-08-02 03:25:18 -0500

ximobayo gravatar image

Hi everyone!

I am developing a tracker, I was using SURF features and descriptors, and I want to try the FREAK descriptor.

I have read the paper of the autor and I understand more or less the procedure but I have some doubts wiht the opencv implementation.

The return of selectPairs() is a int vector, but to match them I think is needed unsigned char because with other types I get an execution error.

What I do now is: -extract features with ORB (for example) -select pairs -copy the result into a Mat (there I have to cast from int to char) -call match with the Mat

Am I doing correctly? Is there an important speed up with flann instead bruteforce? (small sets to match)


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Do you want to share some of the important part of your code?

Moster gravatar imageMoster ( 2013-08-02 05:58:15 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-08-04 11:02:24 -0500

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Could it be that you are just using it wrong? You don't need the function selectPairs(), just use FREAK as the other descriptors, i.e. run your favorite detector and then use the compute() function of your freak-descriptor and you get a uchar-matrix containing the keypoint-corresponding feature vectors. See <your-opencv-folder>/samples/cpp/freak_demo.cpp for an example.

For the matching part you can then either use flann or bruteforce-matcher with Hamming-distance. Typically you don't use flann for tracking purposes since then you need to build an index each time, see also for more thoughts on this topic.

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Thank you! I will try in that way.

ximobayo gravatar imageximobayo ( 2013-08-04 14:58:19 -0500 )edit
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