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Any Pair of 2D Curves Is Consistent with a 3D Symmetric Interpretation
AbstractSymmetry has been shown to be a very effective a priori constraint in solving a 3D shape recovery problem. Symmetry is useful in 3D recovery because it is a form of redundancy. There are, however, some fundamental limits to the effectiveness of symmetry. Specifically, given two arbitrary curves in a single 2D image, one can always find a 3D mirror-symmetric interpretation of these curves under quite general assumptions. The symmetric interpretation is unique under a perspective projection and there is a one parameter family of symmetric interpretations under an orthographic projection. We formally state and prove this observation for the case of one-to-one and many-to-many point correspondences. We conclude by discussing the role of degenerate views, higher-order features in determining the point correspondences, as well as the role of the planarity constraint. When the correspondence of features is known and/or curves can be assumed to be planar, 3D symmetry becomes non-accidental in the sense that a 2D image of a 3D asymmetric shape obtained from a random viewing direction will not allow for 3D symmetric interpretations.
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Sawada, T.; Li, Y.; Pizlo, Z. Any Pair of 2D Curves Is Consistent with a 3D Symmetric Interpretation. Symmetry 2011, 3, 365-388.View more citation formats
Sawada T, Li Y, Pizlo Z. Any Pair of 2D Curves Is Consistent with a 3D Symmetric Interpretation. Symmetry. 2011; 3(2):365-388.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sawada, Tadamasa; Li, Yunfeng; Pizlo, Zygmunt. 2011. "Any Pair of 2D Curves Is Consistent with a 3D Symmetric Interpretation." Symmetry 3, no. 2: 365-388.