Majorization algorithms for inspecting circles, ellipses, squares, rectangles, and rhombi
In several disciplines, as diverse as shape analysis, location theory, quality control, archaeology, and psychometrics, it can be of interest to fit a circle through a set of points. We use the result that it suffices to locate a center for which the variance of the distances from the center to a set of given points is minimal. In this paper, we propose a new algorithm based on iterative majorization to locate the center. This algorithm is guaranteed to yield a series nonincreasing variances until a stationary point is obtained. In all practical cases, the stationary point turns out to be a local minimum. Numerical experiments show that the majorizing algorithm is stable and fast. In addition, we extend the method to fit other shapes, such as a square, an ellipse, a rectangle, and a rhombus by making use of the class of $l_p$ distances and dimension weighting. In addition, we allow for rotations for shapes that might be rotated in the plane. We illustrate how this extended algorithm can be used as a tool for shape recognition.
|iterative majorization, location, optimization, shape analysis|
|Econometric Institute Research Papers|
|Organisation||Erasmus School of Economics|
van Deun, K, & Groenen, P.J.F. (2003). Majorization algorithms for inspecting circles, ellipses, squares, rectangles, and rhombi (No. EI 2003-35). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/944