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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Fast pairwise nearest neighbor based algorithm for multilevel thresholding
Author(s): Olli Virmajoki; Pasi Franti
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Paper Abstract

We propose a fast pairwise nearest neighbor (PNN)-based O(N log N) time algorithm for multilevel nonparametric thresholding, where N denotes the size of the image histogram. The proposed PNN-based multilevel thresholding algorithm is considerably faster than optimal thresholding. On a set of 8 to 16 bits-per-pixel real images, experimental results also reveal that the proposed method provides better quality than the Lloyd-Max quantizer alone. Since the time complexity of the proposed thresholding algorithm is log linear, it is applicable in real-time image processing applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2003
PDF: 12 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 12(4) doi: 10.1117/1.1604396
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 12, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Olli Virmajoki, Univ. of Joensuu (Finland)
Pasi Franti, Univ. of Joensuu (Finland)


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