estimateFundamentalMatrix estimates the
fundamental matrix from corresponding points in stereo images. This
function can be configured to use all corresponding points or to exclude
outliers. You can exclude outliers by using a robust estimation technique
such as random-sample consensus (RANSAC).

F = estimateFundamentalMatrix(matchedPoints1,matchedPoints2) returns
the 3-by-3 fundamental matrix, F, using the least
median of squares (LMedS) method. The input points can be M-by-2
matrices of M number of [x y] coordinates, or SURFPoints, MSERRegions, or cornerPoints object.

[F,inliersIndex]
= estimateFundamentalMatrix(matchedPoints1,matchedPoints2) returns
logical indices, inliersIndex, for the inliers
used to compute the fundamental matrix. The inliersIndex output
is an M-by-1 vector. The function sets the elements
of the vector to true when the corresponding point
was used to compute the fundamental matrix. The elements are set to false if
they are not used.

[F,inliersIndex,status]
= estimateFundamentalMatrix(matchedPoints1,matchedPoints2,Name,Value) sets
parameters for finding outliers and computing the fundamental matrix F,
with each specified parameter set to the specified value with one
or more comma-separated parameters, specified as name-value pairs.

Use the RANSAC method to compute the fundamental
matrix.

The RANSAC method requires that the input points are already
putatively matched. We can, for example, use the matchFeatures function
for this. Using the RANSAC algorithm eliminates any outliers which
may still be contained within putatively matched points.

figure;
showMatchedFeatures(I1, I2, matchedPoints1, matchedPoints2,'montage','PlotOptions',{'ro','go','y--'});
title('Putative point matches');

Show the inlier points.

figure;
showMatchedFeatures(I1, I2, matchedPoints1(inliers,:),matchedPoints2(inliers,:),'montage','PlotOptions',{'ro','go','y--'});
title('Point matches after outliers were removed');

Coordinates of corresponding points in image one, specified
as an M-by-2 matrix of M number
of [x y] coordinates, or as a SURFPoints, MSERRegions, or cornerPoints object. The matchedPoints1 input
must contain points which are putatively matched by using a function
such as matchFeatures.

Coordinates of corresponding points in image one, specified
as an M-by-2 matrix of M number
of [x y] coordinates, or as a SURFPoints, MSERRegions, or cornerPoints object. The matchedPoints2 input
must contain points which are putatively matched by using a function
such as matchFeatures.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments.
Name is the argument
name and Value is the corresponding
value. Name must appear
inside single quotes (' ').
You can specify several name and value pair
arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: 'Method', 'RANSAC'
specifies RANSAC as the method to compute the fundamental matrix.

Method used to compute the fundamental matrix, specified as
the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Method'
and one of five strings. You can set this parameter to one of the
following methods:

Norm8Point

Normalized eight-point algorithm. To produce reliable results,
the inputs, matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 must
match precisely.

LMedS

Least Median of Squares. Select this method if you know that
at least 50% of the points in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 are
inliers.

RANSAC

RANdom SAmple Consensus. Select this method if you would like
to set the distance threshold for the inliers.

MSAC

M-estimator SAmple Consensus. Select the M-estimator SAmple
Consensus method if you would like to set the distance threshold for
the inliers. Generally, the MSAC method converges more quickly than
the RANSAC method.

LTS

Least Trimmed Squares. Select the Least Trimmed Squares method
if you know a minimum percentage of inliers in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2.
Generally, the LTS method converges more quickly than the LMedS method.

To produce reliable results
using the Norm8Point algorithm, the inputs, matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2,
must match precisely. The other methods can tolerate outliers and
therefore only require putatively matched input points. You can obtain
putatively matched points by using the matchFeatures function.

Fundamental matrix class, specified as the comma-separated pair
consisting of 'OutputClass' and either the string 'double' or 'single'.
This specifies the class for the fundamental matrix and the function's
internal computations.

Number of random trials for finding the outliers, specified
as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'NumTrials'
and an integer value. This parameter applies when you set the Method parameter
to LMedS, RANSAC, MSAC,
or LTS.

When you set the Method parameter to either LMedS or LTS,
the function uses the actual number of trials as the parameter value.

When you set the Method parameter to either RANSAC or MSAC,
the function uses the maximum number of trials as the parameter value.
The actual number of trials depends on matchedPoints1, matchedPoints2,
and the value of the Confidence parameter.

Select the number of random trials to optimize speed and accuracy.

Algebraic or Sampson distance type, specified as the comma-separated
pair consisting of 'DistanceType' and either
the Algebraic or Sampson string.
The distance type determines whether a pair of points is an inlier
or outlier. This parameter applies when you set the Method parameter
to LMedS, RANSAC, MSAC,
or LTS.

Note:
For faster computations, set this parameter to Algebraic.
For a geometric distance, set this parameter to Sampson.

Distance threshold for finding outliers, specified as the comma-separated
pair consisting of 'DistanceThreshold' and a
positive value. This parameter applies when you set the Method parameter
to RANSAC or MSAC.

Desired confidence for finding maximum number of inliers, specified
as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Confidence'
and a percentage scalar value in the range (0 100). This parameter
applies when you set the Method parameter to RANSAC or MSAC.

Minimum percentage of inliers in input points, specified as
the comma-separated pair consisting of 'InlierPercentage'
and percentage scalar value in the range (0 100). Specify the minimum
percentage of inliers in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2.
This parameter applies when you set the Method parameter
to LTS.

Report runtime error, specified as the comma-separated pair
consisting of 'ReportRuntimeError' and a logical
value. Set this parameter to true to report run-time
errors when the function cannot compute the fundamental matrix from matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2.
When you set this parameter to false, you can check
the status output to verify validity of the fundamental
matrix.

Inliers index, returned as an M-by-1 logical
index vector. An element set to true means that
the corresponding indexed matched points in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 were
used to compute the fundamental matrix. An element set to false means
the indexed points were not used for the computation.

matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 do
not have the same number of points.

3:

matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 do
not contain enough points. Norm8Point, RANSAC,
and MSAC require at least 8 points, LMedS 16
points, and LTS requires ceil(800/InlierPercentage).

This function computes the fundamental matrix using the normalized
eight-point algorithm [1]

When you choose the Norm8Point method,
the function uses all points in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2 to
compute the fundamental matrix.

When you choose any other method, the function uses the following
algorithm to exclude outliers and compute the fundamental matrix from
inliers:

Initialize the fundamental matrix, F,
to a 3-by-3 matrix of zeros.

Set the loop counter n, to zero,
and the number of loops N, to the number of random
trials specified.

Loop through the following steps while n < N:

Randomly select 8 pairs of points from matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2.

Use the selected 8 points to compute a fundamental
matrix, f, by using the normalized 8-point algorithm.

Compute the fitness of f for all
points in matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2.

If the fitness of f is better than F,
replace F with f.

For RANSAC and MSAC,
update N.

n = n + 1

Number of Random Samplings for RANSAC and MSAC Methods

The RANSAC and MSAC methods update the number of random trials N,
for every iteration in the algorithm loop. The function resets N,
according to the following:

N = min( N, ).

Where, p represents the confidence parameter
you specified, and r is calculated as follows: ,
where if and otherwise.

Distance Types

The function provides two distance types, algebraic distance
and Sampson distance, to measure the distance of a pair of points
according to a fundamental matrix. The following equations are used
for each type, with u representing matchedPoints1 and v representing matchedPoints2.

Algebraic distance:

Sampson distance:

where represents
the index of the corresponding points, and ,
the square of the j-th entry of the vector .

Fitness of Fundamental Matrix for Corresponding Points

The following table summarizes how each method determines the
fitness of the computed fundamental matrix:

Method

Measure
of Fitness

LMedS

,
the number of input points. The smaller the value, the better the
fitness.

RANSAC

,
where if and otherwise, t represents
the specified threshold. The greater the value, the better the fitness.

MSAC

.
The smaller the value, the better the fitness.

LTS

,
where is
the first lowest value of an (N x q)
pair of points. Where q represents the inlier
percentage you specified. The smaller the value, the better the fitness.

References

[1] Hartley, R., A. Zisserman, Multiple
View Geometry in Computer Vision, Cambridge University
Press, 2003.

[2] Rousseeuw, P., A. Leroy, Robust
Regression and Outlier Detection, John Wiley & Sons,
1987.

[3] Torr, P. H. S., and A. Zisserman, MLESAC:
A New Robust Estimator with Application to Estimating Image Geometry,
Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 2000.