Bayesian object identification

Havard Rue*, Merrilee A. Hurn

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

62 Scopus citations


This paper addresses the task of locating and identifying an unknown number of objects of different types in an image. Baddeley & Van Lieshout (1993) advocate marked point processes as object priors, whereas Grenander & Miller (1994) use deformable template models. In this paper elements of both approaches are combined to handle scenes containing variable numbers of objects of different types, using reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for inference (Green, 1995). The naive application of these methods here leads to slow mixing and we adapt the model and algorithm in tandem in proposing three strategies to deal with this. The first two expand the model space by introducing an additional 'unknown' object type and the idea of a variable resolution template. The third strategy, utilising the first two, augments the algorithm with classes of updates which provide intuitive transitions between realisations containing different numbers of cells by splitting or merging nearby objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-660
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Bayesian inference
  • Deformable template
  • Image analysis
  • Marked point process
  • Markov chain monte carlo
  • Object recognition
  • Variable dimension distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • General Mathematics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Bayesian object identification'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this