On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Stéfan van der Walt email@example.com:
Juan's the right guy for the job!
Oh *great*. #bus #thrownunder
I read his original email again, and while I agree that supporting N-d is important, it still strikes me as a lot harder to implement something in N-d vs 2-D (it's much more than just grabbing the "juicy center", etc.).
It depends a lot on the algorithm. For many (all the ones I've used, anyway), the algorithm works on voxels (is it hypervoxels in nD? =) and their neighbours, so you just need to abstract away the "neighbour" concept. See my (pure python, slow as molasses) watershed implementation here https://github.com/janelia-flyem/gala/blob/master/gala/morpho.py#L168, which depends on the function `get_neighbor_idxs` herehttps://github.com/janelia-flyem/gala/blob/master/gala/morpho.py#L460. (Full disclosure: it's so slow that when the parameters are right, it falls back on skimage. ;)
I don't think any of these functions are in principle difficult to implement in Cython, so long as you pass the raveled array+shape, rather than the full n-dimensional array. It just wasn't a priority after you guys came out with 3D watershed. =)
SLIC is another easy one to make nD: rather than 2D+RGB, it could be nD+arbitrary channels. The algorithm is exactly the same. (Sorry I've been slow on that one. Again: would have been easier to be nD from the start, rather than converting Andy's implementation which is a headache simply because it assumes 2D+3 channels in so many places.)
At any rate, I've slightly softened my stance. The reason is that all these neighbourhood models implicitly assume that the data are isotropic, ie same resolution along each dimension. This is possible, even probable, until 3 dimensions, and essentially impossible in 4D or higher. So while it's cute and nice to make it nD, realistically, 3D is good enough for most purposes. And you can't argue that it's much harder to do 3D than 2D. =)
Regarding tutorials, what exactly are people looking for? I incidentally have zero experience with: 1. writing tutorials, 2. mayavi, or 3. cross-correlation methods.
However, I'm very much interested in learning about 1 and 2, so I'm happy to take this on with a bit of guidance! (But I have no helpful suggestions for Marianne's specific problem... Sorry!)