目的 格式塔心理学的理论基础为通过对事物的部分感知，实现对事物整体的认识。本文将该思想应用到建筑物提取中，提出一种兼顾目标细节及整体几何特征的高分辨率遥感影像建筑物提取方法。方法 首先，利用SIFT算法提取特征点作为候选边缘点；然后定义格式塔序列连续性原则判别边缘点，从而得到边缘点点集；并由边缘点点集拟合边缘，实现遥感影像建筑物提取。结果 利用提出算法，对WorldView-2遥感影像进行建筑物提取实验。通过与基于多尺度分割和区域合并的建筑物提取算法对比可以看出，提出算法能够更加准确、完整地提取出建筑物。采用分支因子、遗漏因子、检测率和完整性四个定量化指标对实验结果的定量评价，本文算法的检测率和完整性均大于对比算法，且本文算法的检测率均在95%以上，验证了提出基于格式塔理论的高分辨率遥感影像建筑物提取算法的有效性和准确性。结论 基于格式塔的高分辨率遥感影像建筑物提取算法能够准确刻画建筑物细节特征，同时兼顾建筑物整体几何轮廓，准确提取高分辨率遥感影像中的建筑物。本文算法针对高分辨率遥感影像，适用于提取边缘具有直线特征的建筑物。使用本文算法进行遥感影像建筑物提取时，提取精度会随分辨率降低而降低，建议实验影像分辨率在5米以上。本文为高分辨率遥感影像建筑物提取提供一种新的思路。
Objective: Gestalt is a psychology term that means unified whole. It refers to the theory which describes how people tend to group visual elements when certain principles are fulfilled. It concludes principles such as similarity, row continuation, proximity and closure, which are based on the fact that the overall cognition of an object can be obtained through perceiving its parts. However, in practice it is difficult to quantize these principles in mathematics since they are abstract psychology concepts. Actually, only a few principles such as similarity and proximity are used in the literature, and they are interpreted in a simple way. It is of course more challenging and demanding in building extraction based on Gestalt laws. In this paper, the idea of Gestalt is applied to designing building extraction algorithm from remote sensing image by testing the candidate edge points, defining the relationship of edge points according to Gestalt principle, finding the edge points and fitting edges of buildings. This paper proposes a new method for extracting buildings from high resolution remote sensing image based on Gestalt rules. Method: First of all, the SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform) algorithm is used to extract the key points as candidate edge points in a given remote sensing image, where each key point is attributed with features such as position, orientation, scale and assessment, respectively. Gestalt space, which is a 4-D domain containing the features above mentioned, is established and the subsequent operations are completed in the space. Then all candidate edge points are judged whether or not they are on the edges of buildings by the Gestalt principle named row continuation. Each candidate edge point involved in operation is regarded as an integrant Gestalt and a new integral Gestalt is obtained after the operation according to the principle of row continuation. If the assessment of the new integral Gestalt is larger than the given threshold, the integrant Gestalts, namely the candidate edge points involved in operation, fulfill the rule of row continuation and are all in the edges of building. As a result, the set of edge points can be obtained. Finally, the edges of building are fitted by different sets of edge points and buildings’ silhouettes are formed by combining their extracted edges. Result: To test the proposed method quantitatively and qualitatively, experiments are carried on with the WorldView-2 images compared with other building extraction algorithm, such as Mean Shift algorithm and multi-scale segmentation and region merge-based building extraction algorithm, the proposed method can better correctly and completely extract the buildings from image. To quantify the accuracy of the building extraction results, we use the evaluation measures widely accepted for building extraction. The extracted buildings and manually delineated buildings are compared pixel-by-pixel. All pixel in the image are categorized into four types: true positive (TP), both manual and automated methods label the pixel belonging to the buildings; true negative (TN), both manual and automated methods label the pixel belonging to the background; false positive (FP), the automated method incorrectly labels the pixel as belonging to a building; false negative (FN), the automated method does not correctly label a pixel truly belonging to a building. the number of pixels that fall into each of the four categories TP, TN, FP, FN are determined, and the branching factor (BF), miss factor(MF), detection percentage (DP) and quality percentage (QP) are computed. The branching factor is a measure of the commission error where the system incorrectly labels background pixels as buildings. The miss factor measures the omission error where the system incorrectly labels building pixels as background. The detection percentage denotes the percentage of building pixels correctly labeled by the automated process. The quality percentage measures the absolute quality of the extraction and is the most stringent measure. The detection percentage and quality percentage of proposed method both greater than comparison method, and all detection percentage of proposed method greater than 95%. It shows that the proposed method is more accurate than other building extraction methods; all experiments demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method. Conclusion: The experimental results show that the proposed method can well extract the buildings from high resolution remote sensing image, thus it is demonstrated that the proposed method is a feasible and effective method for building extraction. For remote sensing images, the proposed method is suitable for edge extraction with linear features of the building on image. Using the proposed method for building extraction, the accuracy will be decreased with lower resolution. It is suggested that the resolution of the experimental image is above 5 meters.