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Title: Families of models for gabor paths demonstrate the importance of spatial adjacency
Authors: Watt, Roger
Ledgeway, Tim
Dakin, Steven C
Contact Email: r.j.watt@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2008
Publisher: The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Citation: Watt R, Ledgeway T & Dakin SC (2008) Families of models for gabor paths demonstrate the importance of spatial adjacency, Journal of Vision, 8 (7), pp. 1-19.
Abstract: This paper reports psychophysical and modelling results concerning the contour-detection paradigm of Field, Hayes and Hess (1993). We measured psychophysically the maximum tolerable contour curvature (path angle) as a function of contour length. We compared these data to the predictions of an association field (Field, et al., 1993) model based on the relative positions and mutual orientations of nearby elements and to models that explicitly link adjacent elements into chains, and characterize each chain by its sequence of contour bends. For every stimulus, a large set of chains is produced and the target identified as the chain with the lowest maximum bend. We tested two different types of linking process: isotropic (linking one element to any other nearby) and anisotropic (linking one element to any others nearby along the orientation of its axis). All of these models can account for our data. Moreover, we show that the pattern of results due to path angle is principally a product of the distribution of spurious contours in the randomly oriented background. Given that some of the models do not embody constraints of orientation relationships between linked elements, this finding shows the importance for early vision in deciding which local elements are to be associated.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2347
URL: http://www.journalofvision.org/8/7/23/
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/8.7.23
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Notes: The full text of this article is available from the Journal of Vision's web site: http://www.journalofvision.org/content/8/7/23
Affiliation: Psychology
University of Nottingham
University College London

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