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The performance of image-denoising algorithms using wavelet transforms can be improved significantly by taking into account the statistical dependencies among wavelet coefficients as demonstrated by several algorithms presented in the literature. In two earlier papers by the authors, a simple bivariate shrinkage rule is described using a coefficient and its parent. The performance can also be improved using simple models by estimating model parameters in a local neighborhood. This letter presents a locally adaptive denoising algorithm using the bivariate shrinkage function. The algorithm is illustrated using both the orthogonal and dual tree complex wavelet transforms. Some comparisons with the best available results are given in order to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.