- Version 1.0.1-272-ga0864af

mrcal-show-projection-uncertainty - Visualize the expected projection error due to uncertainty in the calibration-time input

```
$ mrcal-show-projection-uncertainty left.cameramodel
... a plot pops up showing the projection uncertainty of the intrinsics in
... this model
```

The operation of this tool is documented at http://mrcal.secretsauce.net/uncertainty.html

A calibration process produces the best-fitting camera parameters. To use these parameters intelligently we must have some sense of uncertainty in these parameters. This tool examines the uncertainty of projection of points using a given camera model. The projection operation uses the intrinsics only, but the uncertainty must take into account the calibration-time extrinsics and the calibration-time chessboard poses as well. This tool visualizes the expected value of projection error across the imager. Areas with a high expected projection error are unreliable for further work.

There are 3 modes of operation:

- By default we look at projection of points some distance away from the camera (given by --distance). We evaluate the uncertainty of these projections everywhere across the imager, and display the results as a heatmap with overlaid contours

- With --vs-distance-at we evaluate the uncertainty along an observation ray mapping to a single pixel. We show the uncertainty vs distances from the camera along this ray

See http://mrcal.secretsauce.net/uncertainty.html for a full description of the computation performed here

```
model Input camera model. If "-' is given, we read standard
input
```

```
-h, --help show this help message and exit
--vs-distance-at VS_DISTANCE_AT
If given, we operate in a different mode: we look at
the projection uncertainty at one pixel, at different
distances along that observation ray. This is
different from the 2D uncertainty contours we get
normally. This option takes a single argument: the
"X,Y" pixel coordinate we care about, or "center" to
look at the center of the imager or "centroid" to look
at the center of the calibration-time chessboards.
This is exclusive with --gridn and --distance and
--observations and --cbmax
--gridn GRIDN GRIDN How densely we should sample the imager. By default we
use a 60x40 grid
--distance DISTANCE By default we display the projection uncertainty
infinitely far away from the camera. If we want to
look closer in, the desired observation distance can
be given in this argument
--isotropic By default I display the expected value of the
projection error in the worst possible direction of
this error. If we want to plot the RMS of the worst
and best directions, pass --isotropic. If we assume
the errors will apply evenly in all directions, then
we can use this metric, which is potentially easier to
compute
--observations If given, I show where the chessboard corners were
observed at calibration time. This should correspond
to the low-uncertainty regions.
--valid-intrinsics-region
If given, I overlay the valid-intrinsics region onto
the plot
--cbmax CBMAX Maximum range of the colorbar
--extratitle EXTRATITLE
Extra title string for the plot
--hardcopy HARDCOPY Write the output to disk, instead of an interactive
plot
--terminal TERMINAL gnuplotlib terminal. The default is good almost
always, so most people don't need this option
--set SET Extra 'set' directives to gnuplotlib. Can be given
multiple times
--unset UNSET Extra 'unset' directives to gnuplotlib. Can be given
multiple times
```

https://www.github.com/dkogan/mrcal

Dima Kogan, `<dima@secretsauce.net>`

Copyright (c) 2017-2020 California Institute of Technology ("Caltech"). U.S. Government sponsorship acknowledged. All rights reserved.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); You may obtain a copy of the License at

` http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0`