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Scale-space approach to image thinning using the most prominent ridge-line in the image pyramid data structure
Author(s): Mark E. Hoffman; Edward K. Wong
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Paper Abstract

Image thinning methods can be divided into two categories based on the type of image they are designed to thin: binary image thinning and grayscale image thinning. Typically, grayscale images are threshold to allow binary image thinning methods to be applied. However, thresholding grayscale images may introduce uneven object contours that are a difficulty for binary methods. The scale-space approach to image thinning includes scale as an additional dimension where images at scale t are derived from the original image at scale zero by applying the Gaussian filter. As scale increase finer image structure is suppressed. By treating the image as a 3D surface with intensity as the third dimension, the most prominent ridge- line (MPRL) is the union of topographical features: peak, ridge, and saddle point, such that each has greatest contrast with its surroundings. The MPRL is computed by minimizing its second spatial derivative over scale. The result forms a trajectory in scale-space. The thinned image is the projection of the MPRL on the base level. The MPRL has been implemented using the image pyramid data structure, and has been applied to binary and grayscale images of printed characters. Experimental results show that the method is less sensitive to contour unevenness. It also offers the option of choosing different levels of fine structure to include.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3305, Document Recognition V, (1 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304636
Show Author Affiliations
Mark E. Hoffman, Polytechnic Univ. and Orange Research, Inc. (United States)
Edward K. Wong, Polytechnic Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3305:
Document Recognition V
Daniel P. Lopresti; Jiangying Zhou, Editor(s)

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