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Learning OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python

By : Gionata Minichino, Joseph Howse, Gil Levi, Joe Minichino
Book Image

Learning OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python

By: Gionata Minichino, Joseph Howse, Gil Levi, Joe Minichino

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python Second Edition
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
6
Retrieving Images and Searching Using Image Descriptors
Index

Contour detection


Another vital task in computer vision is contour detection, not only because of the obvious aspect of detecting contours of subjects contained in an image or video frame, but because of the derivative operations connected with identifying contours.

These operations are, namely, computing bounding polygons, approximating shapes, and generally calculating regions of interest, which considerably simplify interaction with image data because a rectangular region with NumPy is easily defined with an array slice. We will be using this technique a lot when exploring the concept of object detection (including faces) and object tracking.

Let's go in order and familiarize ourselves with the API first with an example:

import cv2
import numpy as np

img = np.zeros((200, 200), dtype=np.uint8)
img[50:150, 50:150] = 255

ret, thresh = cv2.threshold(img, 127, 255, 0)
image, contours, hierarchy = cv2.findContours(thresh, cv2.RETR_TREE, cv2.CHAIN_APPROX_SIMPLE)
color = cv2.cvtColor(img, cv2...