Distinguish between chains
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[EDIT: 20110718 16:11 - include images - WDR]
I need to be able to distinguish between to beaded chains that are lying next to each other. I can already find the location of each bead but I do not know how I can automatically determine which chain each bead belongs to. It is important that both chains are physically the same so I can't do to different colours.
Here are some sample images (raw b/w picture, filtered to show the beads, center of each bead marked): http://imageshack.us/g/405/testymh.jpg/
Walter Roberson on 18 Jul 2011
Insufficient information about your premises. Do chains ever cross? Do they ever fork?
If they never cross and never fork, then in the simpler case, imdilate() to get a continuous line, threshold, bwboundary with no holes. That will get you the outer chain contour.
I indicate this as the "simpler case" in that this approach does not, without modification, consider the possibility of the chain ending. Having the chain end "in the middle of the picture" is something that is possibly tractable. If, though, a chain might end exactly where it touches another chain, then determining which chain is which might be difficult.
Can there ever be three chains in the image? Three chains that all happen to end at the same area? Is the threading definitely not captured in the images?
Justin Bondy on 19 Jul 2011
Sorry about the lack of info. The chains should never cross and (for now) they will not fork (though eventually I intend to use looped chains).
They are not magnetic chains, but the threading does not easily show up in the images. I am working to try and get them to show up more. You can see a picture where they show up here http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/8585/test2oi.jpg
I will play around with imdilate() and see if it helps.