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Classification and compression of digital newspaper images
Author(s): Wey-Wen Cindy Jiang; H. E. Meadows
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Paper Abstract

An improved scheme for newspaper block segmentation and classification is described. The newspaper image is first segmented into blocks using three passes of a run-length smoothing algorithm. Blocks may have any shape and need not be non-overlapped rectangles. The height H between the top-line and base-line of lower case letters, and the number of pixels that have values differing from their four neighboring pixels, are measured for simple and reliable block classification. Blocks of different types are compressed based on their own characteristics. Unlike conventional methods, halftone image blocks are treated differently from black and white graphic blocks for better compression. A lossless compression scheme for halftoned images is proposed. Reconstruction of gray-tones from halftone images employing information of both smooth and edgy areas is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2094, Visual Communications and Image Processing '93, (22 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157863
Show Author Affiliations
Wey-Wen Cindy Jiang, Columbia Univ. (United States)
H. E. Meadows, Columbia Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2094:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '93
Barry G. Haskell; Hsueh-Ming Hang, Editor(s)

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