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What 3D scene reconstruction methods does the term "multi-view stereo" encompass? Is it only used for methods that apply binocular stereo algorithms (taking 2 views as input) in a pairwise manner? Or only methods based on disparity estimation? If not why is the term "stereo" used?

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    $\begingroup$ Where have you seen that term? Stereo 3D reconstruction is a special case of multi-view reconstruction as far as I know. I have never seen the term "multi-view stereo". $\endgroup$ – Dragonseel Feb 11 '16 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ For example dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1153518 $\endgroup$ – tmlen Feb 11 '16 at 14:31
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Multi-view stereo (MVS) is the general term given to a group of techniques that use stereo correspondence as their main cue and use more than two images.

A quote from 'Multi-View Stereo: A Tutorial' by Yasutaka Furukawa and Carlos Hernández.

So to paraphrase: We have a set of images that is larger than two, and use them in a pairwise manner by applying techniques that finde stereo correspondences to reconstruct the object shown in them.

If you want to know more about MVS algorithms that paper I linked seems to be pretty good and at least Furukawa is a name that I know and have read papers from, so he seems to know the topic.

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