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Fast approximate energy minimization via graph cuts
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2001
"... In this paper we address the problem of minimizing a large class of energy functions that occur in early vision. The major restriction is that the energy function’s smoothness term must only involve pairs of pixels. We propose two algorithms that use graph cuts to compute a local minimum even when v ..."
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In this paper we address the problem of minimizing a large class of energy functions that occur in early vision. The major restriction is that the energy function’s smoothness term must only involve pairs of pixels. We propose two algorithms that use graph cuts to compute a local minimum even when very large moves are allowed. The first move we consider is an αβswap: for a pair of labels α, β, this move exchanges the labels between an arbitrary set of pixels labeled α and another arbitrary set labeled β. Our first algorithm generates a labeling such that there is no swap move that decreases the energy. The second move we consider is an αexpansion: for a label α, this move assigns an arbitrary set of pixels the label α. Our second
Computing Visual Correspondence with Occlusions using Graph Cuts
"... Several new algorithms for visual correspondence based on graph cuts [7, 14, 17] have recently been developed. While these methods give very strong results in practice, they do not handle occlusions properly. Specifically, they treat the two input images asymmetrically, and they do not ensure that a ..."
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Several new algorithms for visual correspondence based on graph cuts [7, 14, 17] have recently been developed. While these methods give very strong results in practice, they do not handle occlusions properly. Specifically, they treat the two input images asymmetrically, and they do not ensure that a pixel corresponds to at most one pixel in the other image. In this paper, we present a new method which properly addresses occlusions, while preserving the advantages of graph cut algorithms. We give experimental results for stereo as well as motion, which demonstrate that our method performs well both at detecting occlusions and computing disparities.
Markov random fields with efficient approximations
 In IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
, 1998
"... Markov Random Fields (MRF’s) can be used for a wide variety of vision problems. In this paper we focus on MRF’s with twovalued clique potentials, which form a generalized Potts model. We show that the maximum a posteriori estimate of such an MRF can be obtained by solving a multiway minimum cut pro ..."
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Markov Random Fields (MRF’s) can be used for a wide variety of vision problems. In this paper we focus on MRF’s with twovalued clique potentials, which form a generalized Potts model. We show that the maximum a posteriori estimate of such an MRF can be obtained by solving a multiway minimum cut problem on a graph. We develop efficient algorithms for computing good approximations to the minimum multiway cut. The visual correspondence problem can be formulated as an MRF in our framework; this yields quite promising results on real data with ground truth. We also apply our techniques to MRF’s with linear clique potentials. 1
Approximation Algorithms for Classification Problems with Pairwise Relationships: Metric Labeling and Markov Random Fields
 IN IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1999
"... In a traditional classification problem, we wish to assign one of k labels (or classes) to each of n objects, in a way that is consistent with some observed data that we have about the problem. An active line of research in this area is concerned with classification when one has information about pa ..."
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In a traditional classification problem, we wish to assign one of k labels (or classes) to each of n objects, in a way that is consistent with some observed data that we have about the problem. An active line of research in this area is concerned with classification when one has information about pairwise relationships among the objects to be classified; this issue is one of the principal motivations for the framework of Markov random fields, and it arises in areas such as image processing, biometry, and document analysis. In its most basic form, this style of analysis seeks a classification that optimizes a combinatorial function consisting of assignment costs  based on the individual choice of label we make for each object  and separation costs  based on the pair of choices we make for two "related" objects. We formulate a general classification problem of this type, the metric labeling problem; we show that it contains as special cases a number of standard classification f...
Discriminative learning of Markov random fields for segmentation of 3d scan data
 In Proc. of the Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR
, 2005
"... We address the problem of segmenting 3D scan data into objects or object classes. Our segmentation framework is based on a subclass of Markov Random Fields (MRFs) which support efficient graphcut inference. The MRF models incorporate a large set of diverse features and enforce the preference that a ..."
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We address the problem of segmenting 3D scan data into objects or object classes. Our segmentation framework is based on a subclass of Markov Random Fields (MRFs) which support efficient graphcut inference. The MRF models incorporate a large set of diverse features and enforce the preference that adjacent scan points have the same classification label. We use a recently proposed maximummargin framework to discriminatively train the model from a set of labeled scans; as a result we automatically learn the relative importance of the features for the segmentation task. Performing graphcut inference in the trained MRF can then be used to segment new scenes very efficiently. We test our approach on three largescale datasets produced by different kinds of 3D sensors, showing its applicability to both outdoor and indoor environments containing diverse objects. 1.
The multivariate Tutte polynomial (alias Potts model) for graphs and matroids
 Surveys in Combinatorics (Cambridge
, 2005
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Regeneration in Markov Chain Samplers
, 1994
"... Markov chain sampling has received considerable attention in the recent literature, in particular in the context of Bayesian computation and maximum likelihood estimation. This paper discusses the use of Markov chain splitting, originally developed as a tool for the theoretical analysis of general s ..."
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Markov chain sampling has received considerable attention in the recent literature, in particular in the context of Bayesian computation and maximum likelihood estimation. This paper discusses the use of Markov chain splitting, originally developed as a tool for the theoretical analysis of general state space Markov chains, to introduce regeneration times into Markov chain samplers. This allows the use of regenerative methods for analyzing the output of these samplers, and can also provide a useful diagnostic of the performance of the samplers. The general approach is applied to several different samplers and is illustrated in a number of examples. 1 Introduction In Markov chain Monte Carlo, a distribution ß is examined by obtaining sample paths from a Markov chain constructed to have equilibrium distribution ß. This approach was introduced by Metropolis et al. (1953) and has recently received considerable attention as a method for examining posterior distributions in Bayesian infer...
The stochastic randomcluster process and the uniqueness of randomcluster measures
, 1995
"... The randomcluster model is a generalisation of percolation and ferromagnetic Potts models, due to Fortuin and Kasteleyn (see [29]). Not only is the randomcluster model a worthwhile topic for study in its own right, but also it provides much information about phase transitions in the associated phy ..."
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The randomcluster model is a generalisation of percolation and ferromagnetic Potts models, due to Fortuin and Kasteleyn (see [29]). Not only is the randomcluster model a worthwhile topic for study in its own right, but also it provides much information about phase transitions in the associated physical models. This paper serves two functions. First, we introduce and survey randomcluster measures from the probabilist’s point of view, giving clear statements of some of the many open problems. Secondly, we present new results for such measures, as follows. We discuss the relationship between weak limits of randomcluster measures and measures satisfying a suitable DLR condition. Using an argument based on the convexity of pressure, we prove the uniqueness of randomcluster measures for all but (at most) countably many values of the parameter p. Related results concerning phase transition in two or more dimensions are included, together with various stimulating conjectures. The uniqueness of the infinite cluster is employed in an intrinsic way, in part of these arguments. In the second part of this paper is constructed a Markov process whose levelsets are reversible Markov processes with randomcluster measures as unique equilibrium measures. This construction enables a coupling of randomcluster measures for all values of p. Furthermore it leads to a proof of the semicontinuity of the percolation probability, and provides a heuristic probabilistic justification for the widely held belief that there is a firstorder phase transition if and only if the clusterweighting factor q is sufficiently large.
Learning Associative Markov Networks
 Proc. ICML
, 2004
"... Markov networks are extensively used to model complex sequential, spatial, and relational interactions in fields as diverse as image processing, natural language analysis, and bioinformatics. ..."
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Markov networks are extensively used to model complex sequential, spatial, and relational interactions in fields as diverse as image processing, natural language analysis, and bioinformatics.
Auxiliary Variable Methods for Markov Chain Monte Carlo with Applications
 Journal of the American Statistical Association
, 1997
"... Suppose one wishes to sample from the density ß(x) using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). An auxiliary variable u and its conditional distribution ß(ujx) can be defined, giving the joint distribution ß(x; u) = ß(x)ß(ujx). A MCMC scheme which samples over this joint distribution can lead to substanti ..."
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Suppose one wishes to sample from the density ß(x) using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). An auxiliary variable u and its conditional distribution ß(ujx) can be defined, giving the joint distribution ß(x; u) = ß(x)ß(ujx). A MCMC scheme which samples over this joint distribution can lead to substantial gains in efficiency compared to standard approaches. The revolutionary algorithm of Swendsen and Wang (1987) is one such example. In addition to reviewing the SwendsenWang algorithm and its generalizations, this paper introduces a new auxiliary variable method called partial decoupling. Two applications in Bayesian image analysis are considered. The first is a binary classification problem in which partial decoupling out performs SW and single site Metropolis. The second is a PET reconstruction which uses the gray level prior of Geman and McClure (1987). A generalized SwendsenWang algorithm is developed for this problem, which reduces the computing time to the point that MCMC is a viabl...