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Optical Engineering

Quadtree-based reversible integer time-domain lapped transform for progressive lossy-to-lossless images compression
Author(s): Lei Wang; Tao Sun; Gwanggil Jeon
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Paper Abstract

Reversible integer time-domain lapped transform (RTDLT) has been proven to be efficient in progressive lossy-to-lossless image compression. We introduced the quadtree-based RTDLT (QRTDLT) to further improve the performance of block-transform methods.Traditional block transforms are usually conducted with a fixed size of 8×8 or 16×16. This is an oversimplified and hardware-friendly implementation, but it is not optimal for different areas of various images. In the proposed QRTDLT method, we first partitioned the image into macroblocks. Then, the macroblocks are iteratively processed using quadtree splitting while abiding by special regulation. These blocks are transformed by RTDLTs with different-length basis functions. With limited complexity increase, the QRTDLT is still suitable for online applications of image compression. Simulation results demonstrated that the proposed method yields more than 0.5-dB performance improvement in lossy compression. At the same time, the QRTDLT also performs better than the RTDLT in lossless compression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(7) 073103 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.7.073103
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 7
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Lei Wang, Univ. of Jinan (China)
Tao Sun, Univ. of Jinan (China)
Gwanggil Jeon, Univ. of Incheon (Republic of Korea)


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