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Convergence rate for the $\lambda $-Medial-Axis estimation under regularity conditions

Catherine Aaron

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Let $\mathcal{X}_{n}=\{X_{1},\ldots X_{n}\}\subset \mathbb{R}^{d}$ be a iid random sample of observations drawn with a probability distribution supported by $S$ a compact set satisfying that both $S$ and $\overline{S^{c}}$ are $r_{0}$-convex ($r_{0}>0$). In this paper we study some properties of an estimator of the inner medial axis of $S$ based on the $\lambda $-medial axis. The proposed estimator depends on the choices of $\mathcal{Y}\subset \mathcal{X}_{n}$ an estimator of $\partial S$ and $\hat{S}_{n}$ an estimator of $S$. In a first general theorem we prove that our medial axis estimator converges to the medial axis with a rate $O(\max _{y\in \mathcal{Y}}d(y,\partial S),(\max _{y\in \partial S}d(y,\mathcal{Y})^{2})$. A corollary being that the choice of $\mathcal{Y}$ as the intersection of the sample and its $r$-convex hull, $\mathcal{Y}=C_{r}(\mathcal{X}_{n})\cap \mathcal{X}_{n}$, allows to estimate the medial axis with a convergence rate $O((\ln n/n)^{2/(d+1)})$. In a practical point of view, computational aspects are discussed, algorithms are given and a way to tune the parameters is proposed. A small simulation study is performed to illustrate the results.

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Electron. J. Statist., Volume 13, Number 2 (2019), 2686-2716.

Received: June 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 21 August 2019

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Primary: 62G05: Estimation 62H35: Image analysis
Secondary: 62-07: Data analysis 62-09: Graphical methods 62H05: Characterization and structure theory

Geometric Inference Medial-Axis Skeleton $r_{0}$-convexity

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Aaron, Catherine. Convergence rate for the $\lambda $-Medial-Axis estimation under regularity conditions. Electron. J. Statist. 13 (2019), no. 2, 2686--2716. doi:10.1214/19-EJS1581. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1566353060

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