We consider the problem of estimating convex boundaries from blurred and noisy observations. In our model, the convolution of an intensity function f is observed with additive Gaussian white noise. The function f is assumed to have convex support G whose boundary is to be recovered. Rather than directly estimating the intensity function, we develop a procedure which is based on estimating the support function of the set G. This approach is closely related to the method of geometric hyperplane probing, a well-known technique in computer vision applications. We establish bounds that reveal how the estimation accuracy depends on the ill-posedness of the convolution operator and the behavior of the intensity function near the boundary.
"Recovering convex boundaries from blurred and noisy observations." Ann. Statist. 34 (3) 1375 - 1394, June 2006. https://doi.org/10.1214/009053606000000326