The purpose of this book is to introduce Fourier descriptors as a method for measuring the shape of whole, or parts of, organisms.
Fourier descriptors refers to the utilisation of Fourier analysis, primarily the Fourier series as a curve fitting technique, that can numerically describe the shape of irregular structures such as are commonly found in living organisms. The quantitative characterisation of irregular forms is often the first step toward elucidation of the underlying biological processes, whether they be genetic, evolutionary, or functional.
The first five chapters discuss the theory behind the use of Fourier descriptors and the remaining chapters show case studies of how they can be used in various fields of biology such as anatomy, cell biology, medicine and dentistry.
This is the first book solely devoted to this subject.
|Introduction and overview of Fourier descriptors|
|Growth and form revisited|
|Methodological issues in the description of forms|
|Phase angles, harmonic distance and the analysis of form|
|Applications of Fourier Descriptors|
|Closed-form Fourier analysis: a procedure for extraction of ecological information about foraminiferal test morphology|
|Fourier descriptors and shape differences: studies on the upper vertebral column of the mouse|
|Application of the Fourier method on genetic studies of dentofacial morphology|
|Fourier analysis of size and shape changes in the Japanese skull|
|Craniofacial variability in the Hominoidea|
|Heuristic adequacy of Fourier descriptors: methodological aspects and applications in morphology|
|Analyzing human gait with Fourier descriptors|
|Elliptical Fourier descriptors of cell and nuclear shapes|
|Cranial base changes in shunt-treated hydrocephalics: Fourier descriptors|
|A numerical and visual approach for measuring the effects of functional appliance therapy: Fourier descriptors|
|Size and shape of the rabbit orbit: 3-D Fourier descriptors|
|From optical to computational Fourier transforms: the natural history of an investigation of the cancellous structure of bone|
|Epilogue: Fourier methods and shape analysis|
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Number Of Pages: 482
Published: 13th May 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.7 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.05