Exploiting the Generic Viewpoint Assumption
|MERL Report: ||TR93-15a: William T. Freeman
International Journal of Computer Vision, 20(3), 243-261, 1996
The "generic viewpoint" assumption states that an observer is not in a special position relative to the scene. It is commonly used to disqualify scene interpretations that assume special viewpoints, following a binary decision that the viewpoint was either generic or accidental. In this paper, we apply Bayesian statistics to quantify the probability of a view, and so derive a useful tool to estimate scene parameters. This approach may increase the scope and accuracy of scene estimates. It applies to a range of vision problems. We show shape from shading examples, where we rank shapes or reflectance functions in cases where these are otherwise unknown. The rankings agree with the perceived values.