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Evaluating ratio meat/fat 2

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We would like to compute how lean is a piece of meat based entirely on the photograph. Practically, this task should be done with a hand-held device. HP Slate was used with Pixcavator installed.

A similar analysis was done before, with images copied from the internet. This time the images are taken by myself with the tablet's camera. I bought the meat too myself at the local Kroger:

 "PVT selection angus choice boneless beef ribeye steak", 0.56 lb, $5.59. 

Finding the right settings took just a few seconds. I only had to move one slider, the contrast.

Ribeye steak.JPG Meat 1 Px50 1x 785 40 0 0 0 255.jpg

The amount of meat is captured by a red contour above. The screenshot is below.

Meat 1 ss.jpg

As you can see in the right bottom, (the area of) the meat is about 42% of the whole image.

Now we need to capture the fat. It's tempting to try to do it directly but capturing light area with white background is never a good idea. It's much easier to get the whole thing and then do some math.

Meat 2 ss.jpg

The total of the whole steak (meat and fat) is about 57% of the total image.

Hence, the amount of fat is (57-42)/57, or about 26%. Not lean!


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