Shapes and Shape Spaces. The Global Structure of Shape Spaces. Computing the Homology of Cell Complexes. A Chain Complex for Shape Spaces. The Homology Groups of Shape Spaces. Geodesics in Shape Spaces. The Riemannian Structure of Shape Spaces. Induced Shape-Measures. Mean Shapes and the Shape of the Means. Visualising the Higher Dimensional Shape Spaces. General Shape Spaces. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.
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