A multi-threshold approach and a realistic error measure for vanishing point detection in natural landscapes Articles uri icon


publication date

  • October 2019

start page

  • 713

end page

  • 726


  • 85

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-1976

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6769


  • Vanishing Point (VP) detection is a computer vision task that can be useful in many different fields of application. In this work, we present a VP detection algorithm for natural landscape images based on an multi-threshold edge extraction process that combines several representations of an image, and on novel clustering and cluster refinement procedures. Our algorithm identifies a VP candidate in images with single-point perspective and improves detection results on two datasets that have already been tested for this task. Furthermore, we study how VP detection results have been reported in literature, pointing out the main drawbacks of previous approaches. To overcome these drawbacks, we present a novel error measure that is based on a probabilistic consistency measure between edges and VP hypothesis, and that can be tuned to vary the strictness on the results. Our reasoning on how our measure is more correct is supported by an intuitive analysis, simulations and an experimental validation.


  • Telecommunications


  • landscapes; multi-threshold; perspective; vanishing point