MATLAB and Octave Functions
for Computer Vision and Image Processing
Index to Code Sections
The complete set of these functions is available as a zip file
MatlabFns.zip
MATLAB
To use these functions you will need
MATLAB and the
MATLAB Image Processing Toolbox.
You may also want to refer to the MATLAB documentation and the
Image Processing Toolbox documentation

Octave
Alternatively you can
use Octave which is
a very good open source alternative to MATLAB. Almost all the functions
on this page run under Octave. See my Notes on using Octave.
An advantage of using Octave is that you can run it on your Android
device. (I can compute phase congruency on my mobile phone!) Get
Corbin Champion's port of Octave at Google play
here.
MATLAB/Octave compatibility of individual function is indicated as follows
 Runs under MATLAB and Octave.
 Only runs under MATLAB.
 Not tested under Octave.
These days I am working almost entirely
in Julia. This is a very exciting
language that is certainly worth a look. At this stage the language
is still young and the image processing and computer vision packages
are very much a work in progress. However, watch this space! Julia
may well become the dominant language for scientific programming.
Collections of functions that I have ported to Julia are indicated
in the code sections below.
I receive so many mail messages regarding this site that I have
difficulty responding to them all. I will endeavor to respond to mail
that directly concerns the use of individual functions. However,
please note I do not have the time to provide an online vision
problem solving service!
Please report any bugs and/or suggest enhancements to
pk@peterkovesi.com
Cheers,
Peter Kovesi

Perceptually Uniform Colour Maps
Many widely used colour maps have perceptual flat spots that can
hide features as large as 10% of your total data range. They may also
have points of locally high colour contrast leading to the perception
of false features in your data when there are none. MATLAB's 'hot',
'jet', and 'hsv' colour maps suffer from these problems. Use the
perceptually uniform
colorcet maps instead! For an
overview of this work and the theory behind it please visit
this page.
 colorcet.m A standalone
function that contains pregenerated arrays of my perceptually uniform
colour maps.
Generation and correction of colour maps
If you want to experiment with the generation of your own perceptually
uniform colour maps...
 cmap.m Colour map generating
function. Select from a large library of colour maps. Colour maps are
defined by Bspline paths through CIELAB space. The parameterisation
along the path is then adjusted to ensure uniform perceptual contrast.
Modify the function to add any new colour maps you want.
 equalisecolourmap.m
Remaps entries in a colour map in order to equalise the perceptual
contrast across the colour map. Used by cmap.m . Can also be used to
'rescue' some of MATLAB's colour maps.
 linearrgbmap.m Generates
a linear colour map from [0 0 0] to a specified colour in RGB space.
 ternarymaps.m Returns three
basis/primary colour maps for generating ternary images. The colour
maps are closely matched in lightness (unlike the RGB primaries).
 randmap.m Generates a colour map of
random colours. Not perceptually uniform and certainly not useful for
displaying data that varies over a continous range. However, it is
useful for displaying a labeled segmented image.
 makecolorcet.m Used to
automatically generate the colorcet.m function using cmap.m
Rendering of images with colour maps
 applycolourmap.m Applies a
colour map to a single channel image to obtain an RGB result.
 showdivim.m This function is
intended for displaying an image with a diverging colour map. To do
this correctly requires that the desired reference value in the data
is correctly associated with the centre entry of the diverging colour
map.
 showangularim.m This function
displays an image of angular data with a specified colour map. For
angular data to be rendered correctly it is important that the data
values are respected so that data values are correctly assigned to
specific entries in a cyclic colour map. The assignment of values to
colours also depends on whether the data is cyclic over pi, or 2*pi.
This function also allows the colour map encoding of the angular
information to be modulated to represent the
amplitude/reliability/coherence of the angular data.
 ternaryimage.m Generates a
perceptually uniform ternary image from 3 bands of data using the
colour maps generated by
ternarymaps.m
Test images
 sineramp.m Generates a test image
consisting of a sine wave superimposed on a ramp function The
amplitude of the sine wave is modulated from its full value at the top
of the image to 0 at the bottom. A useful test image for evaluating
colour maps.
 circlesineramp.m Generates a
test image representing a cyclic version of sineramp.m for testing of
cyclic colour maps. It consists of a sine wave superimposed on a
spiral ramp function.
Visualization of colour map paths and colour spaces
 colourmappath.m Plots the
path of a colour map through CIELAB or RGB colour spaces.
 viewlabspace.m Interactive
visualization of CIELAB colour space. Useful for charting locations
of spline control points for defining colour maps with cmap.m
 viewlabspace2.m Another
interactive visualization of CIELAB colour space that provides
vertical slices through the colour space.
 generatelabslice.m
Generates an RGB image of a slice throught CIELAB space at a
specified lightness level.
Functions for reading and writing colour maps in various formats
Colour conversion convenience functions.
Additional supporting functions that are required.
 bbspline.m Basic bspline
implementation used to generate paths through colour space for
cmap.m
 pbspline.m Basic periodic bspline
implementation used to generate paths through colour space for
cmap.m
 Also needed: show.m,
normalise.m and
strendswith.m
Julia Code
Python Colour Maps
R Colour Maps
 For those working in R these colour maps are incorporated in the
pals package.
The pals package gathers together a number of colour maps including
the CET perceptually uniform colour maps and also includes R code for
generating the colour map test image.
Reference:
Interactive Image Blending
These functions provide a set of interactive tools for visualizing
multiple images. Some videos of their use can be seen
here.
 linimix.m
Generates an interactive image for blending between a sequence of images.
 bilinimix.m
Generates an interactive image for blending between a 2D grid of images.
 ternarymix.m Interactive ternary
image for blending 3 images. You can also switch between blending and
swiping modes.
Updated December 2014 to incorporate swiping in
addition to blending. Can also switch between colour and greyscale
modes.
 binarymix.m
Just like ternarymix but for 2 images.
 cliquemix.m Allows
blending or swiping between any pair within a collection of images.
Updated December 2014 to incorporate swiping in addition to blending.
 cyclemix.m Allows
blending between a sequence of images in a cyclic manner.
 logisticweighting.m
Adaptation of the generalised logistics function for use as a
weighting function for blending images.
 swipe.m Don't just swipe between two
images when you can interactively swipe between 2, 3 or 4 images!
 collectncheckimages.m
Collects and checks images prior to blending.
The functions above also require:
normalise.m,
histtruncate.m,
circle.m,
circularstruct.m and
namenpath.m.
Demo package: Download
BlendDemo.zip. This contains all
the functions above and some sample data sets. Within the expanded
folder in MATLAB run blenddemo.m. A series of windows will
open, each demonstrating a different blending interface. Click in any
of them and play!
Reference:

Peter Kovesi, EunJung Holden and Jason Wong, 2014. "Interactive
MultiImage Blending for Visualization and
Interpretation," Computers & Geosciences 72 (2014) 147155.
http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2014.07.010
Phase Based Feature Detection and Phase Congruency
Phase congruency is an illumination and contrast invariant measure
of feature significance. Unlike gradient based feature detectors,
which can only detect step features, phase congruency correctly
detects features at all kind of phase angle, and not just step
features having a phase angle of 0 or 180 degrees.

phasecongmono.m This
function computes phase congruency via monogenic filters. It has
excellent speed and much reduced memory requirements compared to the
other phase congruency functions below. Requires
perfft2.m,
filtergrid.m and
lowpassfilter.m

phasecong3.m This function
supersedes phasecong2.m and phasecong.m being faster and requiring less
memory. Computes corner features in addition to edges. Requires
filtergrid.m and
lowpassfilter.m
 Deprecated: phasecong.m
Original code for calculating phase congruency in an image. This function also
returns a feature type image. Note this function is superseded by
phasecong2.m and phasecong3.m and is only here for reference.
 Deprecated:
phasecong2.m Phase congruency
code that combines edge and corner detection, and provides better
localization. Note this function is superseded by phasecong3.m and
phasecongmono.m and is only here for reference.
 dispfeat.m This
function provides visualisation and statistics of the different
feature types found in an image by phasecong. Typically you will find
a broad distribution of all feature types between step edges and
lines. This function needs edgelink.m (see below).
 odot.m Demonstrates
the actions of the 'Odot' and 'Oslash' operators on a 1D signal.
These operators allow one to decompose and combine signals in a way
that is consistent with the Local Energy model of feature perception.
 spatialgabor.m applies
a single oriented Gabor filter to an image.
 phase symmetry image

 phasesym.m Code for
calculating phase symmetry. This can be used as a line and blob
detector. Phase symmetry is an illumination and contrast invariant
measure of symmetry in an image. (A bright circle is not more
'symmetric' than a grey circle as can be the case with some other
measures!).

phasesymmono.m This
function computes phase symmetry via monogenic filters. Has excellent
speed and much reduced memory requirements compared to phasesym.m
However you may prefer the output from phasesym's oriented filters.
 gaborconvolve.m Code for
convolving an image with a bank of logGabor filters. A
preprocessing step for texture analysis, feature detection and
classification, etc.
 plotgaborfilters.m A
function for plotting logGabor filters. This function is useful for
seeing what effect the various parameter settings have on the
formation of a logGabor filter bank used in the functions above.
 monofilt.m An
implementation of Felsberg's monogenic filters. This function applies
a bank of monogenic filters to an image to obtain the 2D analytic signal
over a number of scales. As in gaborconvolve this can be used as a
preprocessing step for texture analysis, feature detection and
classification, etc.
 highpassmonogenic.m
Applies highpassfilter and computes phase and amplitude via monogenic filters.
Requires perfft2.m
 filtergrid.m Generates grid
for constructing frequency domain filters. Used by some of the functions above.
 An explanation of
the implementation of convolution with logGabor filters used in the
functions above.
References:
 Peter Kovesi,
"Symmetry and Asymmetry From Local Phase". AI'97, Tenth
Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2  4
December 1997. Proceedings  Poster Papers. pp 185190.
 Peter Kovesi,
"Image Features From Phase Congruency".
Videre: A Journal of Computer Vision Research. MIT
Press. Volume 1, Number 3, Summer 1999.
Electronic publishing, even with a reputable publisher, can be
problematic. For some reason the MIT Press has chosen to no longer
maintain an archive of Videre. Fortunately an archive of the
journal can be found at the University of Rochester at
www.cs.rochester.edu/u/brown/Videre.
 Peter Kovesi,
"Edges Are Not Just Steps". Proceedings of ACCV2002 The
Fifth Asian Conference on Computer Vision, Melbourne Jan
2225, 2002. pp 822827.
(preprint)
 Peter Kovesi, "Phase Congruency Detects Corners and Edges".
The Australian Pattern Recognition Society Conference:
Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications DICTA 2003.
December 2003. Sydney. pp 309318.
(preprint)
 Peter Kovesi,
"Invariant Measures of Image Features From Phase Information".
PhD Thesis, The University of Western Australia. 1996.
Download page
Spatial Feature Detection
 canny.m Canny edge
detector.
 harris.m Harris corner
detector.
 noble.m Noble's corner
detector.
 shi_tomasi.m The
ShiTomasi corner detector returns the minimum eigenvalue of the
structure tensor. This represents the ideal that the Harris and Noble
detectors attempt to approximate.
 hessianfeatures.m
Hessian feature detector.
 fastradial.m An
implementation of Loy and Zelinski's fast radial feature
detector.
 gaussfilt.m Wrapper
function for convenient Gaussian filtering.
 derivative5.m
computes 1st and 2nd derivatives of an image using the 5tap
coefficients given by Farid and Simoncelli. Use this function
instead of MATLAB's GRADIENT function for much more accurate results.
 derivative7.m
computes derivatives using the 7tap
coefficients given by Farid and Simoncelli.
 filterregionproperties.m
Filters regions on their property's values. Allows you to select
blobs within a specified size or major axis orientation range etc
Reference:
 Scanned
images of my photocopy of Harris and Stephens' paper 'A Combined
Corner and Edge Detector'.
For those working in Julia the
package
ImageProjectiveGeometry.jl
implements most of the functions above.
Segmentation
 slic.m Implementation of
Achanta et al's SLIC Superpixels.
 spdbscan.m Clustering
of superpixels using the DBSCAN algorithm.
 regionadjacency.m
Computes adjacency matrix for an image of labeled regions, as
might be produced by a superpixel or graph cut algorithm.
 cleanupregions.m
Cleans up small regions in a segmented image. (slow and a bit flakey,
use mcleanupregions.m below)
 mcleanupregions.m
Morphological clean up of small regions in a segmented image. (needs
circularstruct.m)
 finddisconnected.m
Finds groupings of disconnected labeled regions. Used by
mcleanupregions.m to reduce execution time.
 makeregionsdistinct.m
Ensures labeled regions are distinct.
 renumberregions.m
Renumbers regions in a labeled image so that they range from 1:maxRegions.
 drawregionboundaries.m
Draw boundaries of labeled regions in an image.
 maskimage.m Apply mask
to an image.
 dbscan.m Basic
implementation of DBSCAN clustering
 testdbscan.m Function
to test/demonstrate dbscan.m
 Example
illustrating how you can use the functions above to perform basic
segmentation using SLIC superpixels and DBSCAN clustering.
Integral Images
 integralimage.m computes
integral image of an image.
 integralfilter.m
performs filtering using an integral image.
 intfilttranspose.m
transposes an integral image filter specification.
 integaverage.m
performs averaging filtering using an integral image. Computation
cost is independent of averaging filter size.

integgaussfilt.m
This function approximates Gaussian filtering by repeatedly applying
integaverag.m . This allows smoothing at a very low computational cost
that is independent of the Gaussian size.
 solveinteg.m
This function is used by integgausfilt.m to solve for the multiple averaging
filter widths needed to approximate a Gaussian of desired standard deviation.
Reference:

Fast AlmostGaussian Filtering The Australian Pattern
Recognition Society Conference: DICTA 2010. December
2010. Sydney.
This paper describes how to obtain high speed
approximate Gaussian filtering via integral images. There is no
computational justification for using crude box filters to approximate
Gaussians and their derivatives as is done, for example, by the SURF feature
detector.
NonMaxima Suppression and Hysteresis Thresholding
 nonmaxsup.m Code for
performing nonmaxima suppression for edge images.
 nonmaxsuppts.m Code
for performing nonmaxima suppression and thresholding of points
generated by a feature/corner detector. It optionally returns
subpixel feature locations. (Updated Jan 2016)
 subpix2d.m Subpixel
locations in a 2D image.
 subpix3d.m Subpixel
locations in a 3D volume or in 2D + scale space data.
 hysthresh.m code for
performing hysteresis thresholding.
 featureorient.m
computes orientations on a feature image prior to nonmaximal
suppression in the case where no orientation information is available
from the feature detection process.
 smoothorient.m
applies smoothing to an orientation field which can be useful before
applying nonmaximal suppression.
 adaptivethresh.m
an implementation of Wellner's adaptive thresholding method.
Edge Linking and Line Segment Fitting
image 
edges 
labeled edges 
fitted line segments 
 edgelink.m
edge linking function that forms lists of connected edge points from a
binary edge image. Needs findendsjunctions below.
 filledgegaps.m Fills small
gaps in a binary edge map image. Can be useful to apply prior to edge
linking. Needs findisolatedpixels.m and findendsjunctions.m
 drawedgelist.m
plots out a set of edge lists generated by edgelink or lineseg.
 edgelist2image.m
transfers edgelist data back into a 2D image array.
 lineseg.m forms
straight line segments fitted with a specified tolerance to the lists
of connected edge points.
 maxlinedev.m is
also used by lineseg.m to calculate deviations of the edge lists from
the fitted segments.
 findendsjunctions.m
finds line junctions and endings in a line/edge image.
 findisolatedpixels.m
finds isolated pixels in an image.
 cleanedgelist.m cleans up
a set of edge lists generated by edgelink or lineseg so that isolated
edges and spurs that are shorter than a minimum length are removed.
There are some issues with this code and it can be memory intensive.
 Example of using these
functions above.
Test Grating for Edge Detection
Test image 
Canny edge image 
Phase congruency 
Colour coded for feature type 
 step2line.m
Generates a test image where the feature type changes from a step edge
to a line feature from top to bottom, while retaining perfect phase
congruency. This test image indicates the importance of phase
congruency irrespective of the angle at which congruency occurs at
and, up to a point, irrespective of the rate at which the amplitude
spectrum decays with frequency. A gradient based edge detector
produces a double response for all features that have congruence of
phase at angles other than zero (towards the bottom of the test
image). The phase congruency detector marks features with a single
response. The colour coded image was generated by dispfeat.m
 circsine.m
Generates a test image consisting of a circular sine wave grating.
Can also be used to construct circular phase congruent patterns.
 starsine.m
Generates a test image consisting of a star like sine wave grating
radiating out from the centre. As with circsine this function can be
used to construct star like phase congruent patterns.
Image Denoising
Reference:
Surface Normals to Surfaces
Surface Normals 

Surface Reconstruction 
 shapeletsurf.m
Function reconstructs an estimate of a surface from its surface
normals by correlating the surface normals with that those of a bank
of shapelet basis functions. The correlation results are summed to
produce the reconstruction. The sumation of shapelet basis functions
results in an implicit integration of the surface while enforcing
surface continuity.
Note that the reconstruction is only valid up to a scale factor
(which can be corrected for). However the reconstruction process is
very robust to noise and to missing data values. Reconstructions (up
to positive/negative shape ambiguity) are possible where there is an
ambiguity of pi in tilt values. Low quality reconstructions are also
possible with just slant, or just tilt data alone. However, if you
have full gradient information you are better off with the Frankot
Chellappa algorithm below.
 frankotchellappa.m An
implementation of Frankot and Chellappa's algorithm for constructing
an integrable surface from gradient information. If you have full
gradient information in x and y this is probably the best algorithm to
use. It is very simple, very fast and highly robust to noise. If you
have surface normal information in the form of slant and tilt, and you
have an ambiguity of pi in your tilt data, or only have slant, then
try using shapeltsurf.m above.
 grad2slanttilt.m
Converts gradient values over a surface to slant and tilt angles.
 slanttilt2grad.m
Converts slant and tilt angles over a surface to gradients.
 needleplotgrad.m
Generates a needle plot given surface gradients over a surface.
 needleplotst.m Generates a
needle plot given slant and tilt values over a surface.
 testp.m Generates a
synthetic test surface along with its surface normals for testing
shapeletsurf.
Reference:
Scalogram Calculation
 scalogram.m
Function to calculate the phase and amplitude scalograms of a 1D
signal. The analysis is done using quadrature pairs of log Gabor
wavelets.
Anisotropic diffusion
 anisodiff.m Function
to perform anisotropic diffusion of an image following Perona and
Malik's algorithm. This process smoothes regions while preserving,
and enhancing, the contrast at sharp intensity gradients.
Grey Scale Transformation and Enhancement
 extractfields.m
separates fields from a video frame, and optionally interpolates
intermediate lines.
 interpfields.m
interpolates lines on a field extracted from a video frame.
 normalise.m rescales
image values to 01.
 adjcontrast.m
adjusts image contrast using sigmoid function.
 adjgamma.m adjusts
image gamma.
 greytrans.m allows
you to interactively remap intensity values in a colour or greyscale
image via a mapping function defined by a series of spline points. A
feeble attempt at replicating xv's intensity mapping tool. It
is not as fast but it does operate on floating point images allowing
you to better preserve image fidelity. (Needs remapim.m).
 remapim.m is a noninteractive
version of greytrans that allows you to apply an intensity mapping to
a colour or greyscale image using a mapping function determined
experimentally with greytrans. Useful if you want to apply the same
mapping function to a sequence of images.
 histtruncate.m
truncates ends of an image histogram. Useful for enhancing images
with outlying values.
 histeqfloat.m This function
differs from classical histogram equalisation functions in that the
cumulative histogram treated as a function rather than as a
lookup table for mapping input grey values to their output values.
Under this approach, for images containing floating point values, the
number of distinct values in the output image will be the same as the
number of distinct values in the input. This can make a significant
difference.
 Example of using some of
these functions above to enhance a video surveillance image. However
you should note that many surveillance systems are close to being
legally blind.
See Video
Surveillance: Legally Blind? DICTA 2009 Melbourne.
Frequency Domain Transformations

perfft2.m 2D
Fourier transform of the periodic component of Moisan's "Periodic plus
Smooth Image Decomposition". I think this will become my default fft
function for images.
 lowpassfilter.m constructs
lowpass Butterworth filter.
 highpassfilter.m constructs
highpass Butterworth filter.
 highboostfilter.m constructs
highboost Butterworth filter.
 bandpassfilter.m constructs
bandpass Butterworth filter.
 homomorphic.m
performs homomorphic filtering on an image. One of my favourite image
enhancement techniques. (needs histtruncate.m and normalise.m)
 psf.m generates a
variety of pointspread functions. This function can be useful when
manually specifying pointspread functions for Wiener filtering or
with deconvolution functions such as the RichardsonLucy algorithm
(see the MATLAB Image Processing Toolbox function deconvlucy.m).
 psf2.m is identical
to psf, it just has a different way of specifying the function shape
which may be more convenient for some applications.
 imspect.m plots
image amplitude spectrum averaged over all orientations.
 freqcomp.m
demonstrates image reconstruction from its Fourier components.
 filtergrid.m
Generates grid for constructing frequency domain filters. Used by
some of the functions above.
Functions Supporting Projective Geometry
image of beach 
rectified beach 
 homography1d.m
computes the 2x2 1D homography of 3 or more points along a line.
 homography2d.m
computes the 3x3 2D homography of 4 or more points in a plane. This
code follows the normalised direct linear transformation algorithm
given by Hartley and Zisserman.
 fundmatrix.m
computes the fundamental matrix from 8 or more matching points in a
stereo pair of images using the normalised 8 point algorithm.
 affinefundmatrix.m computes the
affine fundamental matrix from 4 or more matching points in a stereo
pair of images.

fundfromcameras.m computes
fundamental matrix given two camera projection matrices.

decomposecamera.m decomposes
camera projection matrix into intrinsic and extrinsic parameters.

rq3.m RQ decomposition of 3 x 3 matrix.

skew.m Constructs 3x3 skewsymmetric
matrix from a 3vector.
 normalise2dpts.m translates and
normalises a set of 2D homogeneous points so that their centroid is at
the origin and their mean distance from the origin is sqrt(2). This
is used to improve the conditioning of any equations used to solve
homographies, fundamental matrices etc.
 hnormalise.m
normalises an array of homogeneous coordinates so that their scale
parameter is 1. Points at infinity are unchanged.

makehomogeneous.m converts an
N x npts array of inhomogeneous points to homogeneous points with
scale 1.

makeinhomogeneous.m
normalises an N x npts array of homogeneous points to a scale of 1 and
returns the inhomogeneous coordinates.

ray2raydist.m computes shortest
distance between two 3D rays.
 imTrans.m applies a homogeneous
transform to an image. The output image origin and size is adjusted
to contain the transformed image. (Note I wrote this code before
version 3 of the Image Processing Toolbox was released with the
function IMTRANSFORM. You are probably better off using MATLAB's
IMTRANSFORM)
 imTransD.m applies a
homogeneous transform to an image. No origin shift is applied to the
transformed image. I use this function for registering images etc.
 digiplane.m allows
you to digitise and transform points within a planar region in an
image.
 equalAngleConstraint.m Affine
transform constraints given two equal angles.
 knownAngleConstraint.m Affine
transform constraints given a known angle.
 lengthRatioConstraint Affine
transform constraints given a length ratio.
 circleintersect.m Finds
intersection of two circles. Use this function to solve for affine
transformation constraints.
 hcross.m Homogeneous
cross product, result normalised to s = 1.
 hline.m Plot 2D lines
defined in homogeneous coordinates.
 homoTrans 2D homogeneous
transformation of points/lines.
 plotPoint.m Plots
point with specified mark and optional text label.

cameraproject.m Projects 3D
world points into a camera image.

idealimagepts.m Computes image
locations that would be obtained if the camera had no lens distortion.

imagept2plane.m
Projects image points to a plane and returns their 3D locations.

solvestereopt.m Solves 3D
location of a point given image coordinates of that point in two, or
more, images.

undistortimage.m Removes lens
distortion from an image given the radial lens distortion coefficients.

camstruct.m constructs a structure
that holds camera parameters. These include lens distortion parameters
and the image size.

camstruct2projmatrix.m
converts a camera structure to a 3x4 projection matrix ignoring lens
distortion parameters.

plotcamera.m Plots a
representation of a camera in 3 space given a camera structure.
 If you are using these functions above you should look at
Andrew
Zisserman's
MATLAB Functions for Multiple View Geometry
Also, you must
listen to The Fundamental
Matrix Song by Daniel Wedge.
For those working in Julia the
package
ImageProjectiveGeometry.jl
implements most of the functions above.
Feature Matching
 matchbycorrelation.m generates
putative matches between previously detected feature points in two
images by looking for points that are maximally correlated with each
other within windows surrounding each point. Only points that
correlate most strongly with each other in both directions are
returned. This is a simpleminded N^{2} comparison.
 matchbymonogenicphase.m is
similar to matchbycorrelation, but instead matches on oriented phase
values rather than greyscale values. This matcher performs rather
well relative to normalised greyscale correlation. Typically there
are more putative matches found and fewer outliers. There is a
greater computational cost in the prefiltering stage but potentially
the matching stage is much faster as each pixel is effectively encoded
with only 3 bits. (Though this potential speed is not realized in this
implementation). See testfund
below to see an example of the use of this function.
Model Fitting and Robust Estimation
 ransac.m a general purpose
implementation of the RANSAC algorithm.
 ransacfithomography.m
robustly fits a homography to a set of putatively matched image points.
 ransacfitfundmatrix.m robustly
fits a fundamental matrix to a set of putatively matched image points.
This function uses an 8 point fundamental matrix solution.
 ransacfitfundmatrix7.m robustly
fits a fundamental matrix to a set of putatively matched image points.
This function requires Andrew Zisserman's 7 point fundamental matrix code
available from:
MATLAB Functions for Multiple View Geometry
 ransacfitaffinefund.m robustly
fits an affine fundamental matrix to a set of putatively matched image
points.
 ransacfitplane.m
robustly fits a plane to 3D data points.
 ransacfitline.m
robustly fits a line to 3D data points.
 iscolinear.m tests if
3 points are colinear, used by ransacfitplane and ransacfithomography.
 fitline.m least squares
fit of a line to 2D data points.
 fitline3d.m least squares
fit of a line to 3D data points. Contributed by Felix Duvallet.
 fitplane.m least squares
fit of a plane to 3D data points.
 testfitplane
example of using ransacfitplane.m
 testfitline
example of using ransacfitline.m
 testfund
example of using ransacfitfundmatrix.m
 testhomog
example of using ransacfithoography.m
 randomsample a basic
replacement for randsample to be used with ransac.m
should you not have the MATLAB Statistics Toolbox, or are using Octave.
 Example of using these
functions above to find the fundamental matrix.
References:
For those working in Julia the
package
ImageProjectiveGeometry.jl
implements most of the functions above.
Fingerprint Enhancement
 ridgesegment.m identifies
ridgelike regions of a fingerprint image. It also normalises the
intensity values of the image.
 ridgeorient.m estimates the
local orientation of ridges in a fingerprint.
 plotridgeorient.m plots
ridge orientations calculated by ridgeorient.
 ridgefreq.m estimates the
local ridge frequency across a fingerprint image.
 freqest.m estimates the ridge
frequency within a small block of an image. This is used by
ridgefreq.
 ridgefilter.m enhances
a fingerprint image using oriented filters.
 Example of using these functions above.
Geoscientific Functions
 ppdrc.m Phase Preserving
Dynamic Range Compression. A frequency based tonemapping algorithm
suited to scientific, nonphotographic images. Try using this
function instead of histogram equalization. Very good on aeromagentic
data. Requires
highpassmonogenic.m
 irelief.m Function for interactive
relief shading of a dataset. Requires
applycolourmap.m
 relief.m Noninteractive version
of the function above.
 upwardcontinue.m
Generates upward continuation of magnetic or gravity potential field data.
 vertderiv.m Generates
a vertical derivative of potential field data.
 tiltderiv.m Generates
tilt derivative of potential field data.
 agc.m This function implements
Rajagopalan's Automatic Gain Control algorithm. The original
application was for displaying geoscientific vertical magnetic
gradient data but it can be useful for any kind of high dynamic range
image.
 orientationfilter.m
Generates orientation selective filterings of an image. Use for
highlighting structures with dominant orientations in your data.
Reference:
 Peter Kovesi, "Phase Preserving Tone Mapping of NonPhotographic
High Dynamic Range Images". Proceedings: The Australian Pattern
Recognition Society Conference: Digital Image Computing: Techniques
and Applications DICTA 2012.
(preprint)
Interesting Synthetic and Test Images
 noiseonf.m generates noise
images with specified amplitude spectra. One can create pleasing
cloud pattern images this way.
 cloud9.m creates a movie
sequence of noise images with specified amplitude spectra. Very
relaxing.
 chirpexp.m creates an
exponential chirp test image. The amplitude of the chirp is modulated
from 1 at the top of the image to 0 at the bottom. I have used this
test image to evaluate the effectiveness of different colourmaps, and
sections of colourmaps, over varying spatial frequencies and contrast.
 chirplin.m similar to
chirpexp.m but with a linear chirp signal.
 sineramp.m Generates a
test image consisting of a sine wave superimposed on a ramp function
The amplitude of the sine wave is modulated from its full value at the
top of the image to 0 at the bottom. A useful test image for
highlighting problems in colour maps.
 circlesineramp.m
Generates a test image representing a cyclic version of sineramp.m for
testing of cyclic colour maps. It consists of a sine wave
superimposed on a spiral ramp function.
 derespolar.m Generates
deresolved images in polar coordinates.
 polartrans.m Generates a polar
transformation of an image. A linear or logarithmic radius
transformation can be specified.
 quantizephase.m
Generates an image where the phase values are quantized to a desired
number of levels. Phase values in an image are important. However,
despite this, they can be quantized very heavily with relatively little
perceptual loss.
ASCII Image Generation
 matscii.m Function to
generate ASCII images from grey scale images. A bit of retro fun, but
constant width fonts are getting hard to come by these days...
Homogeneous Transforms
 plotframe.m plots a
coordinate frame specified by a homogeneous transform.
 trans.m homogeneous
tranlation matrix.
 rotx.m homogeneous matrix
for rotation about xaxis.
 roty.m homogeneous matrix
for rotation about yaxis.
 rotz.m homogeneous matrix
for rotation about zaxis.
 homotrans.m
homogeneous transformation of points/lines
 invht.m optimized
inverse of homogeneous transformation matrix
 inveuler.m solves for
euler angles given a homogeneous transform.
 invrpy.m solves for
roll, pitch, yaw angles given a homogeneous transform.
 dhtrans.m calculates
the 4x4 homogeneous Denavit Hartenberg matrix given link parameters of
joint angle, length, joint offset, and twist.
Quaternions
AngleAxis Descriptors
For those working in Julia the
package
ImageProjectiveGeometry.jl
implements most of the functions above.
Image Display, Image Writing and Miscellaneous
 findimage.m Displays a
file dialog box to allow you to find and load an image interactively.
Useful when you have forgotten the name of your image, or can't be
bothered typing it out.
 findimages.m Allows you
to select and load multiple images. These are returned in a cell array.
 show.m This function displays
an image, automatically setting the colour map to grey(256) if it is a 2D
image, or leaving it as colour otherwise, and setting the axes to be
'equal'. The image is also displayed as 'TrueSize', that is, pixels
on the screen match pixels in the image. Finally a title
corresponding to the image variable name is added.
 showangularim.m This function
displays an image of angular data with a specified colour map. For
angular data to be rendered correctly it is important that the data
values are respected so that data values are correctly assigned to
specific entries in a cyclic colour map. The assignment of values to
colours also depends on whether the data is cyclic over pi, or 2*pi.
This function also allows the colour map encoding of the angular
information to be modulated to represent the
amplitude/reliability/coherence of the angular data.
 showdivim.m This function is intended
for displaying an image with a diverging colour map. To do this
correctly requires that the desired reference value in the data is
correctly associated with the centre entry of the diverging colour map.
 showfft.m displays the
amplitude spectrum of an fft.
 showlogfft.m displays
the log amplitude spectrum of an fft.
 showsurf.m This function wraps up the
commands I usually use to display a surface. The surface is
displayed using SURFL with interpolated shading, in my favourite
colormap of 'copper', with rotate3d on, and axis vis3d set.
 togglefigs.m provides a
convenient means of toggling the display of multiple figures. Handy
for comparing images and plots.
 imwritesc.m This function
combines image rescaling and writing into the one function. If the
image type is double image values are rescaled to the range
01 so that no overflow occurs when writing 8bit intensity values.
The image format to use is determined by MATLAB from the file ending.
If the image type is of uint8 no rescaling is performed.
 matprint.m This function
prints out a matrix using a specified C style format string. Often
you find that MATLAB's default number formats are not what you want...
 digipts.m Function to
digitise points in an image. This function uses the crosshair cursor
provided by GINPUT. I find this is much more useable than the cursor
used by IMPIXEL. In addition each location digitised is marked with a
red '+'.
 impad Pads the boundary of
an image with zeros.
 imtrim Trims the boundary of
an image (unpads it)
 imsetborder Sets
border pixels of an image to a specified value.
 removenan Replaces NaN
values in a matrix with a specified default value. Useful when you
want to prevent NaNs from contaminating and destroying some operation
on an array, for example, an FFT.
 fillnan Replaces NaN
values in a matrix with the value in the closest nonNan pixel.
 implace.m Function to place
an image at a specified location within a larger image.
 cubicroots.m computes
the real roots of a cubic.
 weightedhistc.m basic equivalent
to MATLAB's HISTC function for weighted data.
 geoseries.m convenience function for
generating geometric series.
 circle.m Draws a circle.
 circularstruct.m generates a
circular structuring element for morphological operations. You can
use MATLAB's strel('disk',R,0) instead. However occasionally I like
being able to tweak the shape by using floating point values for the
radius.

pointinconvexpoly.m Determine if
a 2D point is within a convex polygon.

rectintersect.m Determine if two
rectangles intersect.
 polyfit2d.m Fits 2D
polynomial surface to data. Basic 2D equivalent of MATLAB's 1D polyfit.
Incorporates some normalisation to reduce numerical problems.
 polyval2d.m Evaluates 2D
polynomial surface generated by polyfit2d.m
Geometric shapes
 icosahedron.m
generates the vertices, adjacency graph and face list of an
icosahedron.
 geodome.m generates the
vertices, adjacency graph and face list of a geodesic sphere. Apart
from looking cool the vertices, or face centres, of a geodesic sphere
can be useful for defining the bin centres of a 3D orientation
histogram.
 gplot3d.m a 3D version of MATLAB's
gplot function.
 drawfaces.m draws triangular faces
defined by a set of vertices and a corresponding face vertex list.
 superquad.m generates
parametric surfaces of superquadratics.
 supertorus.m generates
parametric surfaces of a supertorus.
String handling convenience functions
 strstartswith.m tests if a string
starts with a specified substring.
 strendswith.m tests if a string
ends with a specified substring.
 namenpath.m returns filename and its
path from a full filename that may include a directory path
 basename.m trims off the suffix ending
from a filename.
 pathlist.m produces a cell array of
directories along a directory path