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Body Height Measurements in Images


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Bart Hoogeboom, M.Sc.
Netherlands Forensic Institute
Laan van Ypenburg 6
2497 GB The Hague
The Netherlands


Abstract:  For any measurement of a person’s height in an image, a difference exists between the actual height of the person and the image measurement. In order to gain knowledge about statistical behavior of differences between actual and measured heights it is necessary to make reference recordings, e.g., of test persons under the same recording conditions. To test whether the differences are dependent on camera and further circumstances, an experiment was set up which involved the measurement of 22 test persons using three cameras of varying quality. Reproducibility of measurements per image appears to be strongly dependent on the camera (quality), whereas systematic bias differs with the view point of the camera. Operator dependency of the measurement process is found, so its repetition by different operators is recommended.