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Unsupervised Variational Image Segmentation/Classification Using a Weibull Observation Model

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3 Author(s)
Ayed, I.B. ; Inst. Nat. de la Recherche Scientitique, INRS-EMT ; Hennane, N. ; Mitiche, A.

Studies have shown that the Weibull distribution can model accurately a wide variety of images. Its parameters index a family of distributions which includes the exponential and approximations of the Gaussian and the Raleigh models widely used in image segmentation. This study investigates the Weibull distribution in unsupervised image segmentation and classification by a variational method. The data term of the segmentation functional measures the conformity of the image intensity in each region to a Weibull distribution whose parameters are determined jointly with the segmentation. Minimization of the functional is implemented by active curves via level sets and consists of iterations of two consecutive steps: curve evolution via Euler-Lagrange descent equations and evaluation of the Weibull distribution parameters. Experiments with synthetic and real images are described which verify the validity of method and its implementation

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Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 11 )