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Noise, edge extraction, and visibility of features
Author(s): Zia-ur Rahman; Daniel J. Jobson
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Paper Abstract

Noise, whether due to the image-gathering device or some other reason, reduces the visibility of fine features in an image. Several techniques attempt to mitigate the impact of noise by performing a low-pass filtering operation on the acquired data. This is based on the assumption that the uncorrelated noise has high-frequency content and thus will be suppressed by low-pass filtering. A result of this operation is that edges in a noisy image also tend to get blurred, and, in some cases, may get completely lost due to the low-pass filtering. In this paper, we quantitatively assess the impact of noise on fine feature visibility by using computer-generated targets of known spatial detail. Additionally, we develop a new scheme for noise-reduction based on the connectivity of edge-features. The overall impact of this scheme is to reduce overall noise, yet retain the high frequency content that make edge-features sharp.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5817, Visual Information Processing XIV, (25 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602733
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Zia-ur Rahman, College of William & Mary (United States)
Daniel J. Jobson, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5817:
Visual Information Processing XIV
Zia-ur Rahman; Robert A. Schowengerdt; Stephen E. Reichenbach, Editor(s)

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