Robust visual tracking with adaptive initial configuration and likelihood landscape analysis

Robust visual tracking with adaptive initial configuration and likelihood landscape analysis

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Here, the authors propose a novel tracking algorithm that can automatically modify the initial configuration of a target to improve the tracking accuracy in subsequent frames. To achieve this goal, the authors’ method analyses the likelihood landscape (LL) for the image patch described by the initial configuration. A good configuration has a unimodal distribution with a steep shape in the LL. Using the LL analysis, the authors’ method improves the initial configuration, resulting in more accurate tracking results. The authors improve the conventional LL analysis based on two ideas. First, the authors’ method analyses the LL in the RGB space rather than the grey space. Second, the method introduces an additional criterion for a good configuration: a high likelihood value at the mode. The authors further enhance their method through post-processing of the visual tracking results at each frame, where the estimated bounding boxes are modified by the LL analysis. The experimental results demonstrate that the authors’ advanced LL analysis helps improve the tracking accuracy of several baseline trackers on a visual tracking benchmark data set. In addition, the authors’ simple post-processing technique significantly enhances the visual tracking performance in terms of precision and success rate.

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