At the root of computer vision is a heavy amount of math and probability. Theia contains various math functions implemented with a generic interface for ease of use.

Closed Form Polynomial Solver

Many problems in vision rely on solving a polynomial quickly. For small degrees (n <= 4) this can be done in closed form, making them exceptionally fast. We have implemented solvers for these cases.

int SolveQuadraticReals(double a, double b, double c, double* roots)
int SolveQuadratic(double a, double b, double c, std::complex<double>* roots)

Provides solutions to the equation \(a*x^2 + b*x + c = 0\)

int SolveCubicReals(double a, double b, double c, double d, double* roots)
int SolveCubic(double a, double b, double c, double d, std::complex<double>* roots)

Provides solutions to the equation \(a*x^3 + b*x^2 + c*x + d = 0\) using Cardano’s method.

int SolveQuarticReals(double a, double b, double c, double d, double e, double* roots)
int SolveQuartic(double a, double b, double c, double d, double e, std::complex<double>* roots)

Provides solutions to the equation \(a*x^4 + b*x^3 + c*x^2 + d*x + e = 0\) using Ferrari’s method to reduce to problem to a depressed cubic.

Generic Polynomial Solver

For polynomials of degree > 4 there are no easy closed-form solutions, making the problem of finding roots much more difficult. However, we have implemented several functions that will solve for polynomial roots. For all polynomials we require that the largest degree appears first and the smallest degree appears last in the input VectorXd.

bool FindPolynomialRoots(const Eigen::VectorXd& polynomial, Eigen::VectorXd* real, Eigen::VectorXd* imaginary)

Roots are computed using the Companion Matrix with balancing to help improve the condition of the matrix system we solve. This is a reliable, stable method for computing roots but is most often the slowest method.

bool FindRealPolynomialRoots(const Eigen::VectorXd& polynomial, Eigen::VectorXd* real)

Using the Companion Matrix method above, we return only the real roots of the polynomial.

bool FindRealPolynomialRootsSturm(const Eigen::VectorXd& coeffs, Eigen::VectorXd* real_roots)

Real roots are bracketed within a boundary by analyzing Sturm sequences. Once a root has been isolated to a bound, an iterative solver is used to determine the actual root.

bool FindRealPolynomialRootsJenkinsTraub(const Eigen::VectorXd& coeffs, Eigen::VectorXd* real_roots)

The Jenkins-Traub method is a fast globally convergent iterative method for finding roots of polynomials with real coefficients. It was designed for machine precision and is robust to most polynomial types. One known case where is struggles is for sparse polynomials e.g., \(x^n + 1 = 0\) where n is very large. This is the recommended method for iteratively computing polynomial roots.

double FindRealRootIterative(const Eigen::VectorXd& polynomial, const double x0, const double epsilon, const int max_iter);

Finds a single polynomials root iteratively based on the starting position \(x_0\) and guaranteed precision of epsilon.


void GaussJordan(Eigen::MatrixBase<Derived>* input, int max_rows=99999)

Perform traditional Gauss-Jordan elimination on an Eigen3 matrix. If max_rows is specified, it will on perform Gauss-Jordan on the first max_rows number of rows. This is useful for problems where your system is extremely overdetermined and you do not need all rows to be solved.

Sequential Probability Ratio Test

Modified version of Wald’s SPRT as [Matas] et. al. implement it in “Randomized RANSAC with Sequential Probability Ratio Test”

double CalculateSPRTDecisionThreshold(double sigma, double epsilon, double time_compute_model_ratio=200.0, int num_models_verified=1)

sigma: Probability of rejecting a good model (Bernoulli parameter).

epsilon: Inlier ratio.

time_compute_model_ratio: Computing the model parameters from a sample takes the same time as verification of time_compute_model_ratio data points. Matas et. al. use 200.

num_model_verified: Number of models that are verified per sample.

Returns: The SPRT decision threshold based on the input parameters.

bool SequentialProbabilityRatioTest(const std::vector<double>& residuals, double error_thresh, double sigma, double epsilon, double decision_threshold, int* num_tested_points, double* observed_inlier_ratio)

Modified version of Wald’s SPRT as [Matas] et. al. implement it in “Randomized RANSAC with Sequential Probability Ratio Test”. See the paper for more details.

residuals: Error residuals to use for SPRT analysis.

error_thresh: Error threshold for determining when Datum fits the model.

sigma: Probability of rejecting a good model.

epsilon: Inlier ratio.

decision_threshold: The decision threshold at which to terminate.

observed_inlier_ratio: Output parameter of inlier ratio tested.