This is a programming example for the Hough transform programming task. If the task description is not listed here, refer back to that page.
This solution takes an image and the theta resolution as inputs. The image itself must be a 2-D boolean array. This array is constructed such that all of the pixels on an edge have the value "true." This can be done for a normal image using an "edge finding" algorithm to preprocess the image. In the case of the example image the pentagon "edges" are black pixels. So when the image is imported into MATLAB simply say any pixel colored black is true. The syntax is usually, cdata < 255. Where the vale 255 represents white and 0 represents black.
function [rho,theta,houghSpace] = houghTransform(theImage,thetaSampleFrequency)
%Define the hough space
theImage = flipud(theImage);
[width,height] = size(theImage);
rhoLimit = norm([width height]);
rho = (-rhoLimit:1:rhoLimit);
theta = (0:thetaSampleFrequency:pi);
numThetas = numel(theta);
houghSpace = zeros(numel(rho),numThetas);
%Find the "edge" pixels
[xIndicies,yIndicies] = find(theImage);
%Preallocate space for the accumulator array
numEdgePixels = numel(xIndicies);
accumulator = zeros(numEdgePixels,numThetas);
%Preallocate cosine and sine calculations to increase speed. In
%addition to precallculating sine and cosine we are also multiplying
%them by the proper pixel weights such that the rows will be indexed by
%the pixel number and the columns will be indexed by the thetas.
%Example: cosine(3,:) is 2*cosine(0 to pi)
% cosine(:,1) is (0 to width of image)*cosine(0)
cosine = (0:width-1)'*cos(theta); %Matrix Outerproduct
sine = (0:height-1)'*sin(theta); %Matrix Outerproduct
accumulator((1:numEdgePixels),:) = cosine(xIndicies,:) + sine(yIndicies,:);
%Scan over the thetas and bin the rhos
for i = (1:numThetas)
houghSpace(:,i) = hist(accumulator(:,i),rho);
>> uiopen('C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Desktop\Chris\MATLAB\RosettaCode\180px-Pentagon.png',1)
>> houghTransform(cdata(:,:,1)<255,1/200); %The image from uiopen is stored in cdata. The reason why the image is cdata<255 is because the "edge" pixels are black.