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Modeling body shape from surface landmark configurations

In: Reed MP (2013) Modeling body shape from surface landmark configurations. Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics, and Risk Management. Human Body Modeling and Ergonomics. Pages 376-383.

Authors: Matthew P. Reed

Detailed statistical models of body size and shape are valuable for wide range of statistical analyses. Most body shape models represent a single posture, usually standing. Previous efforts to model both posture and body shape have parameterized posture using joint angles. This paper presents a sta- tistical model of body shape in supported seated postures using a posture meas- ured derived from surface landmarks rather than internal joint locations and an- gles. This method is not limited by a particular kinematic linkage deformation and so is particularly well suited to model the effects on body shape of posture changes in complex linkages such as the spine or shoulder.

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