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The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences :
An Image Analysis Approach
to Marksman Selection
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In this paper, a novel approach for scoring a trainee for the purpose of marksmanship determination has been developed. The system developed provides a user-friendly alternative to the existing system. The major problem with the existing system of scoring targets is that it is either slow, inaccurate or prone to error of human biasedness. A target marksman determination system was achieved by calculating the average distance accuracy of fired shots on the proposed bull’s eye. Ten randomly selected 4th year trainees fired 200 shots at five different ‘Figure 11 targets’ consecutively. These ‘Figure 11’ shots were used as samples for the experiments. The results showed that there is a need for regular shooting practice in order to enhance the skill levels of trainees which will lead to marksman selection among the trainee cadets. The system will be useful to the military and other licensed individuals who are interested in improving their skill level in target shooting.

 
 
 

Target practice is a task in which bullets are fired at a specific point, usually to improve the skill level of the firer. This is done either by archery or shooting. Target practice is carried out within a training academy at a shooting range, a place where firers come so as to enhance their skill level. The activities in a range are controlled by a range master or a weapon training instructor. Range masters or firearm trainers or weapon training instructors are faced with the task of assessing combatant trainees and apprentices on a daily basis. They usually rate these trainees based on instinct or by a crude method of using calipers, rulers and the like. This method is tedious, time-consuming, and prone to many errors such as human face (or biasedness). It can also be dangerous because it requires the scorer to traverse the range while the weapon trainee is positioned and ready for shooting. Sometimes, trainees undergo special training for certain missions due to the peculiarity of the operation. Part of this training usually includes precision shooting and the managing of crisis situations. In particular, the precision shooting helps to groom the firer on how to hit his target without missing to eventually become a marksman. Having this kind of skill might be the difference between a successful mission and a costly failure. It is the task of the instructors to pick the best men for the job and as such, there is a great need for a system that is devoid of bias and, at the same time, carries out this calculation and assessment with little or no errors because of the risk involved.

 
 
 

Computer Sciences IUP Journal ,Marksman, Circle Detection, Target practice, Trainee, Skill acquisition, Image analysis, Circle Hough Transform (CHT)