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Complementary tensor-driven image coherence diffusion for oriented structure enhancement

Author(s): Hong-mei Zhang | Ming-xi Wan | Zheng-zhong Bian

Journal: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
ISSN 1687-6172

Volume: 2011;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 70;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: tensor driven | image diffusion | coherence-enhancing | structure tensor | diffusion tensor | second-order directional derivative | AOS scheme

Abstract Oriented structure enhancement plays important role in computer vision tasks, where the diffusion is encouraged along the preferred direction instead of perpendicular to it. By analyzing the differential geometric property of the oriented structure, a complementary tensor is proposed by combining the first and the second-order structure tensors as complementary descriptors, which can precisely analyze not only the step edges, but also the weak edges such as narrow peak or ridge-like structures. Complementary diffusion tensor is constructed from the new structure tensor, which steers coherence diffusion for oriented structure enhancement. Furthermore, fast algorithm based on additive operator splitting scheme is used for numerical solution, which is much faster than usual approach. The experimental results on several images are provided. Experiments show that the image diffusion process steered by the new complementary tensor can strengthen the oriented structures and also close the interrupted lines as well. Both strong and weak edges are enhanced while noise is removed. Our approach is very promising and could be applied to many other images.
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