Order Statistics of RANSAC and Their Practical Application


For statistical analysis purposes, RANSAC is usually treated as a Bernoulli process: each hypothesis is a Bernoulli trial with the outcome outlier-free/contaminated; a run is a sequence of such trials. However, this model only covers the special case where all outlier-free hypotheses are equally good, e.g. generated from noise-free data. In this paper, we explore a more general model which obviates the noise-free data assumption: we consider RANSAC a random process returning the best hypothesis, $$\delta _1$$ δ 1 , among a number of hypotheses drawn from a finite set ( $$\Theta $$ Θ ). We employ the rank of $$\delta _1$$ δ 1 within $$\Theta $$ Θ for the statistical characterisation of the output, present a closed-form expression for its exact probability mass function, and demonstrate that $$\beta $$ β -distribution is a good approximation thereof. This characterisation leads to two novel termination criteria, which indicate the number of iterations to come arbitrarily close to the global minimum in $$\Theta $$ Θ with a specified probability. We also establish the conditions defining when a RANSAC process is statistically equivalent to a cascade of shorter RANSAC processes. These conditions justify a RANSAC scheme with dedicated stages to handle the outliers and the noise separately. We demonstrate the validity of the developed theory via Monte-Carlo simulations and real data experiments on a number of common geometry estimation problems. We conclude that a two-stage RANSAC process offers similar performance guarantees at a much lower cost than the equivalent one-stage process, and that a cascaded set-up has a better performance than LO-RANSAC, without the added complexity of a nested RANSAC implementation.

DOI: 10.1007/s11263-014-0745-1

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@article{Imre2014OrderSO, title={Order Statistics of RANSAC and Their Practical Application}, author={Evren Imre and Adrian Hilton}, journal={International Journal of Computer Vision}, year={2014}, volume={111}, pages={276-297} }