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A quaternion-based spectral clustering method for color image segmentation
Author(s): Xiang Li; Lianghai Jin; Hong Liu; Zeng He
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Paper Abstract

Spectral clustering method has been widely used in image segmentation. A key issue in spectral clustering is how to build the affinity matrix. When it is applied to color image segmentation, most of the existing methods either use Euclidean metric to define the affinity matrix, or first converting color-images into gray-level images and then use the gray-level images to construct the affinity matrix (component-wise method). However, it is known that Euclidean distances can not represent the color differences well and the component-wise method does not consider the correlation between color channels. In this paper, we propose a new method to produce the affinity matrix, in which the color images are first represented in quaternion form and then the similarities between color pixels are measured by quaternion rotation (QR) mechanism. The experimental results show the superiority of the new method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8003, MIPPR 2011: Automatic Target Recognition and Image Analysis, 800303 (8 December 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.901978
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Xiang Li, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Key Lab. of Education Ministry for Image Processing and Intelligent Control (China)
Lianghai Jin, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Key Lab. of Education Ministry for Image Processing and Intelligent Control (China)
Hong Liu, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Key Lab. of Education Ministry for Image Processing and Intelligent Control (China)
Zeng He, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8003:
MIPPR 2011: Automatic Target Recognition and Image Analysis
Tianxu Zhang; Nong Sang, Editor(s)

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