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Activity-selective SPIHT coding
Author(s): Marcia G. Ramos; Sheila S. Hemami
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Paper Abstract

An embedded image coder that provides very effective progressive image transmission and a high degree of spatial scalability while achieving superior visual performance to SPIHT is presented. A new partitioning structure combined with scale-based wavelet weights achieves a significance reordering that codes more significant information belonging to the lower frequency bands earlier in the bitstream when compared to SPIHT. This reordering provides substantial improvements in progressive transmission, spatial scalability, and PSNR, especially at low bit rates. Further visual gains are achieved by exploiting human visual system (HVS) characteristics to weight wavelet coefficients according to their perceptual importance, causing a reordering of the coefficients. The activity selective SPIHT coder provides higher perceptual quality and higher PSNRs than SPIHT at low bit rates, and comparable visual quality with slightly lower PSNRs at high bit rates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3653, Visual Communications and Image Processing '99, (28 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334680
Show Author Affiliations
Marcia G. Ramos, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Sheila S. Hemami, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3653:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '99
Kiyoharu Aizawa; Robert L. Stevenson; Ya-Qin Zhang, Editor(s)

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