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The gradient constraint equation shown in the Lucas Kanade algorithm section is and underdetermined system. Instead of computing the full motion vector one can also compute the motion of the local intensity contour. This motion is normal to the local intensity contour line which adds a second constraint to the motion vector.

This normal flow is then given by

-It Ix / (Ix2+Iy2) , -It Iy / (Ix2+Iy2)

The normal flow can be used for egomotion estimation (See Fermüller)


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