Geodesic distance transform

This notebook shows how Geodesic Discance Transform (GDT) using Fast Sweeping Method (FSM) can be implemented using Python. GDT can be thought of as a computation of shortest pathes on an image plane with a given cost function. It can be used as a part of more complex image processing tasks such as segmentation or coloring [1].

The description of different GDT construction methods can be found in [2].

In [1]:
# some preparations first
%load_ext cythonmagic
from scipy.misc import lena
import scipy.ndimage as nd
import itertools as it
figsize(10, 8)

We use image gradient magnitude to costruct our cost function.

In [2]:
img = np.float32(lena()) / 255.0
G = nd.gaussian_gradient_magnitude(img, 1.0)
Cost = 1 + G*200
_=title('Cost function')

sweep function is the core of the algorithm. It propogates shortest path wavefront in right-down direction. We use Cython to accelerate pixel iteration.

In [3]:
from libc.math cimport sqrt

def sweep(float[:,:] A, float[:,:] Cost):
    cdef int i, j
    cdef float t0, t1, t2, C, max_diff = 0.0
    for i in xrange(1, A.shape[0]):
        for j in xrange(1, A.shape[1]):
            t1, t2 = A[i, j-1], A[i-1, j]
            C = Cost[i, j]
            if abs(t1-t2) > C:
                t0 = min(t1, t2) + C  # handle degenerate case
                t0 = 0.5*(t1 + t2 + sqrt(2*C**2 - (t1-t2)**2))
            max_diff = max(max_diff, A[i, j] - t0)
            A[i, j] = min(A[i, j], t0)
    return max_diff

GDT function uses NumPy array slicing to sweep the wavefront in four possible directions.

In [4]:
def GDT(A, C):
    A = A.copy()
    sweeps = [A, A[:,::-1], A[::-1], A[::-1,::-1]]
    costs = [C, C[:,::-1], C[::-1], C[::-1,::-1]]
    for i, (a, c) in enumerate(it.cycle(zip(sweeps, costs))):
        print i,
        if sweep(a, c) < 1.0 or i >= 40:
    return A
In [5]:
A = zeros_like(Cost) # create distance accumulation array
A[:] = 1e5           # fill it with large values to mark
                     # cells with unknown distance
A[300, 300] = 0      # set the source

A = GDT(A, Cost)
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Here is the contour plot of the GDT with the given cost function. Note, how isolines tend to follow image edges.

In [6]:
contour(A, 50, origin='image')

This post in generated from IPython Notebook, which can be found in my GitHub repository

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