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What is Shape Space?
Mean shape
The pink diamond shows the position of the mean cartoon shape plotted in shape space.
Each spot represents one of the input point models (images).
Each point model represents 38 points i.e. 38*2=76 values in the normal two dimensional viewing space OR a single point in 76 dimensional space. However, we cannot visualise 76 dimensional space so we have used PCA to choose a view point (a rotation of the space) such that we can see the two principle components. This allows us to visualise and focus on the significant (in the sense of accounting for the most variance) parameters. Of course, it might be another component that is most significant in biological terms. It is also quite possible that the biologically important parameters are correlated nonlinearly in which case they could be invisible in this project because they are distributed into the new components as awkwardly as they were in the original data.

Shape Space: the principle component is plotted on the xaxis (abscissa) and the component that accounts for the second largest amount of variation is plotted on the yaxis (ordinate). Pink diamond shows the position of the mean shape. Each of the other points is a point model that was manually fitted to a sample image. In other words, each sample image (with several vertices) is a point in shape space.

How do we view shape space?
From the AAMToolbox interface click the View Shape Space button.
 First Add samples (Add button).
 Load the sample data (point models).
 Plot Data, optionally make the axis equal (to keep a balanced view)
 Change Colour (far right button) to select a colour
 Ellipse to draw an ellipse around most of the data
Exploring further.
Exploring the data in shape space, where are the samples?
Each' pink circle marker represents a data sample'. Right clicking on a marker opens a context menu. Here we have selected to view the associated original image and its point model (shown to the left).
Showing the PC values causes them to be echoed to the command window.

Shape Space context menu for the markers. The topleft sample has been selected and the associated image/point model is shown on the left.

What is the distance between samples?
Right clicking on a marker opens a context menu. Here we have selected to view the distance between the two visible markers. The distances (and squared distances) for each of the components is shown in the right.
Showing the PC values causes them to be echoed to the command window.

Shape Space: distance between two points.

Can we interpolate between samples?
Here we add a 'vector' (arrow) from one point and another.
Click on the Vectors button in the Shape Space Viewer interface and the vector will be displayed as an arrow. Click on a sequence of samples to create a path through shape space.
Select Menu:Vectors:Walk along vectors 'walk' along the vectors and see the sequence of results obtained by interpolation. In the sequence of images shown on the right the position in shape space is shown by the yellow disc together with the interpolated image.

Shape Space: Yellow disc shows a position in shape space and on the right is the interpolated shape.
