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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By : Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino
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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By: Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino

Overview of this book

Computer vision is a rapidly evolving science, encompassing diverse applications and techniques. This book will not only help those who are getting started with computer vision but also experts in the domain. You’ll be able to put theory into practice by building apps with OpenCV 4 and Python 3. You’ll start by understanding OpenCV 4 and how to set it up with Python 3 on various platforms. Next, you’ll learn how to perform basic operations such as reading, writing, manipulating, and displaying still images, videos, and camera feeds. From taking you through image processing, video analysis, and depth estimation and segmentation, to helping you gain practice by building a GUI app, this book ensures you’ll have opportunities for hands-on activities. Next, you’ll tackle two popular challenges: face detection and face recognition. You’ll also learn about object classification and machine learning concepts, which will enable you to create and use object detectors and classifiers, and even track objects in movies or video camera feed. Later, you’ll develop your skills in 3D tracking and augmented reality. Finally, you’ll cover ANNs and DNNs, learning how to develop apps for recognizing handwritten digits and classifying a person's gender and age. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to execute real-world computer vision projects.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Retrieving Images and Searching Using Image Descriptors

Similar to the human eyes and brain, OpenCV can detect the main features of an image and extract them into so-called image descriptors. These features can then be used as a database, enabling image-based searches. Moreover, we can use key points to stitch images together and compose a bigger image. (Think of putting together many pictures to form a 360° panorama.)

This chapter will show you how to detect the features of an image with OpenCV and make use of them to match and search images. Over the course of this chapter, we will take sample images and detect their main features, and then try to find a region of another image that matches the sample image. We will also find the homography or spatial relationship between a sample image and a matching region of another image.

More specifically, we will cover the following...