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title: Eight-point algorithm
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**Briefing** [Eight-point algorithm Lecture]()
**Additional Reading**
Chapter 9 in *OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python Cookbook* by
Alexey Spizhevoy (author).
Search for it in [Oria](https://oria.no/).
There is an e-book available.
**Learning Outcome**
Understand how the eight-point algorithm works on given points.
# Exercise
In this exercise we will implement and test the eight-point
algorithm using a synthetic dataset. In a real world application
you will have to identify and match features in the image, and
be prepared for mismatches which require a lot of error-handling.
This would be too much for one exercise.
**Note.**
You can choose, in this exercise, how much you want to
compute by hand, and what you want to implement in python.
Part 1 makes the synthetic data set and is not part
of the solutions for the reconstruction problem.
Part 2 solves the reconstruction problem.
Because you use a synthetic dataset, Part 1 provides you with
ground truth, which can be used to validate the solutions
in Steps 6-7.
Such use of synthetic data is important to test solutions also
in real life development work.
Part 3 completes the circle by using the triangulation from
[Relative Pose]() to recover the 3D points.
## Part 1. Making the synthetic dataset.
In this part, you may choose if you want to do the calculations
by hand, or implement them in Python. You will only use the
linear algebra techniques that we studied early in the semester.
### Step 1-1.
Select eight points in general position in 3D. For instance
$$(-20,0,25),
(20,0,25),
(0,20,25),
(-10,10,50),
(10,10,50),
(0,-10,50),
(0,0,60),
(-7,7,70),
$$
or generate some at random if you prefer.
**Note**
The exercise has been updated to
move the points further from the camera (increasing their
$z$-coordinates).
It seems that at least one point in the first version fell behind
the image plane in the rotated camera frame.
### Step 1-2.
Consider a camera posed in the world frame.
I.e. the selected points have co-ordinates in the camera frame.
Assume the image plane has co-ordinates $z=1$.
+ Find the image point for each world point, using an ideal camera projection.
### Step 1-3.
Consider a second camere which is translated ten units along
the $x$-axis and rotated $30^\circ$ degrees around the $y$-axis.
Again the image plane is $z=1$.
+ Find the transformation (relative pose) $(R,T)$.
+ Find (3D) co-ordinates in the second camera frame for each world point.
+ Find the image points in the second camera frame for each world point.
### Step 1-4.
You should now have two image points for each of the 3D points
given in Step 1-1. This gives you eight pairs of image points
which we are going to use in the following.
## Part 2. The Eight-Point Algorithm
Imagine now that we do not know the world points.
We are going to try to reconstruct them using the
Eight-point algorithm.
### Step 2-1.
Each pair $(\mathbf{x}_i,\mathbf{x}_i')$ of corresponding features
from the two images give rise to a Kronecker product.
$$\mathbf{a}_i=\mathbf{x}_i\otimes\mathbf{x}_i'$$
Using these vectors as columns, we get the $8\times n$ matrix $\chi$,
where $n$ is the number of feature pairs.
1. Construct the matrix $\chi$ with the Kronecker products of
the eight image pairs.
2. Compute the singular value decomposition of
$\chi=U_\chi\Sigma_\chi V_\chi^T$
using `numpy.linalg.svd`
- Inspect the three components. What do you see?
- The middle component should be a diagonal matrix containing the
singular values. How are they ordered?
4. According to Ma (2004:121) the serialised fundamental matrix $E^s$
is the ninth column of $V_\chi$.
- What do you have in the ninth column?
5. Unserialise $E^s$ to get the preliminary matrix $E$.
- you can do this with the numpy `reshape` function, but test it.
You may have to transpose the resulting matrix.
### Step 2-2. Projection onto the Essential Space
If $E=U\Sigma V^T$ is our preliminary matrix as found above,
we approximate the essential
matrix by replacing $\Sigma$ with $\mathsf{diag}(1,1,0)$
(cf. Ma (2004:121)).
### Step 2-3. Rotation and Translation
Recover Translation and Rotation matrices from the essential matrix,
relying on Ma (2004:121).
+ What do the two solutions represent?
+ Do they match the actual transformation which you calculated in
Step 1-3?
**Remember** there are four solutions for $(R,T)$, three of
which produce objects point behind either or both cameras.
Remember to check both $E$ and $-E$, in addition to the two
solutions for $(R,T)$ from one choice for $E$.
**Note**
If the transformation you find seem off, typically with errors
of sign, there are at least two plausible explanations.
1. You have not checked all four solutions (see above).
2. Some object point from Step 1 actually does end up behind
the image plane in the second camera frame. If this happens,
you should try to choose different object points.
## Part 3. (Optional) Reconstruction in 3D
In this part we use the techniques from [Relative Pose]()
to reconstruct the 3D-points (as given in Step 1-1).
You have already validated the eight-point algorithm by
checking the transformation $(R,T)$, so this step is part
of the wider system.
Consider one pair of image points together with the transformation
$(R,T)$.
+ Calculating the $z$-coordinate $\lambda$
of the 3D point as we did in [Relative Pose]().
You know that the distance between the camera origins is $||T||=10$.
+ Invert the projection to recover the complete coordinates of the
3D point.
+ Does the recovered point match the original point?
+ If you have time, repeat with a second and possibly a third point.
You probably do not want to do all eight, though.
# Debrief
+ This [demo file](Python/eightpoint.ipynb) (Jupyter Notebook) does
not yet work, but may give some ideas, both for the solutions and
for testing techniques. It is under construction.
Thanks a lot to Modestas for his contributions.