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It is appropriate that this final chapter is dedicated to exploring general- and special-purpose vision systems. These systems attempt to incorporate all that is known about machine vision (at the time of their development) and they have all been successful in some way. Certainly they have added to the collective knowledge of vision systems in general. The first section of this chapter is a general survey of systems that have been constructed to do complex machine vision tasks followed by a section on model-based vision systems, followed by a discussion of two advanced systems that incorporate recognition by components theory. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the development of vision systems.
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