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OpenCV 3.x with Python By Example - Second Edition

By : Gabriel Garrido Calvo, Prateek Joshi
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OpenCV 3.x with Python By Example - Second Edition

By: Gabriel Garrido Calvo, Prateek Joshi

Overview of this book

Computer vision is found everywhere in modern technology. OpenCV for Python enables us to run computer vision algorithms in real time. With the advent of powerful machines, we have more processing power to work with. Using this technology, we can seamlessly integrate our computer vision applications into the cloud. Focusing on OpenCV 3.x and Python 3.6, this book will walk you through all the building blocks needed to build amazing computer vision applications with ease. We start off by manipulating images using simple filtering and geometric transformations. We then discuss affine and projective transformations and see how we can use them to apply cool advanced manipulations to your photos like resizing them while keeping the content intact or smoothly removing undesired elements. We will then cover techniques of object tracking, body part recognition, and object recognition using advanced techniques of machine learning such as artificial neural network. 3D reconstruction and augmented reality techniques are also included. The book covers popular OpenCV libraries with the help of examples. This book is a practical tutorial that covers various examples at different levels, teaching you about the different functions of OpenCV and their actual implementation. By the end of this book, you will have acquired the skills to use OpenCV and Python to develop real-world computer vision applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Using Haar cascades to detect things

When we say Haar cascades, we are actually talking about cascade classifiers based on Haar features. To understand what this means, we need to take a step back and understand why we need this in the first place. Back in 2001, Paul Viola and Michael Jones came up with a very effective object detection method in their seminal paper. It has become one of the major landmarks in the field of machine learning.

In their paper, they have described a machine learning technique where a boosted cascade of simple classifiers is used to get an overall classifier that performs really well. This way, we can circumvent the process of building a single complex classifier that performs with high accuracy. The reason this is so amazing is because building a robust single-step classifier is a computationally intensive process. Besides, we need a lot of training data to build such a classifier. The model ends up becoming complex and the performance might not be up to the mark...