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Fastest way to process image patches?

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JohnDapper on 27 Jan 2016
Commented: JohnDapper on 2 Feb 2016
Hi all,
My matlab script is almost entirely a big loop that searches through small patches of an image and computes sum-of-square-differences with a "target patch", like this:
for i = 1:num_pixels_in_image
patch = image(i-5:i+5,j-5:j+5);
ssd(i) = sum(patch(:) - target(:)).^2;
Naturally, this process is very slow when the number of pixels grows large. I'm wondering what the absolutely most efficient way to implement this is. Problems such as this, it seems, don't lend themselves easily to vectorization. Cheers!

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Image Analyst on 28 Jan 2016
Not sure why you're doing that but I'm not sure you should do it that way. I think you maybe should use normalized cross correlation instead. There is a function that does that called normxcorr2(). I attach a demo. Basically it will give a high signal when the image patch is like the target patch and a low signal when the target patch is not like the image patch. Why do you want to do it the way you said? What is the overall goal of that algorithm? To determine where in the image is like the patch? That's what normxcorr2() is for.
JohnDapper on 28 Jan 2016
Good point. The parantheses is misplaced. For the sum of squared differences, you suggest nlfilter? I'll take a look at that, thanks.
JohnDapper on 2 Feb 2016
For anyone who may be interested, C++ mex is the way to go here.

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