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Jean Paul Rigaut

Fractal models in biological image analysis and vision

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The mathematical bases and the main features of classic and asymptotic fractal formalisms are explained, together with a review of methods for the estimation of the fractal dimension and of other quantities.

The main applications of fractal geometry in the analysis of images from cell and tissue biology are reviewed.

Finally, the relationships between mathematical morphology and fractal geometry are explored, starting from a new equation which links the two theories. This represents a basis for low resolution segmentation and texture recognition in artificial vision. Possible relationships with human vision are discussed.

Keywords : biology, fractal geometry, image analysis, mathematical morphology, vision

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Jean Paul Rigaut, «Fractal models in biological image analysis and vision», Acta Stereologica [En ligne], Volume 9 (1990), Number 1 - Proceedings of the fifth European congress for stereology - Part three - June 1990, 37-52 URL :

About: Jean Paul Rigaut

Laboratoire de Microscopie Quantitative en Histopathologie, U.263 INSERM, Université Paris 7, Tour 53-1, 2 place Jussieu, 75251 - Paris Cedex 05, France