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Fast facet edge detection in image sequences using vector quantization

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3 Author(s)
Jaisimha, M.Y. ; Washington Univ., Seattle, WA, USA ; Riskin, E.A. ; Harlick, R.M.

An application that uses vector quantization (VQ) to speed up the process of gradient magnitude edge detection for image sequences is presented. Because image VQ and this type of edge detection operate on block-based neighborhoods, it is possible to use VQ to perform the edge detection. The image is encoded with a VQ for which the edge/no edge decision has already been made for each block. The process of edge detection becomes a simple lookup of this information. The algorithm behaves as a trainable edge detector which has the advantage of having lower computational complexity than the facet edge detector. For a VQ with an average rate of 6 bits per vector, the method requires 55% of the multiplications and 62% of the additions of the conventional facet edge detector. It also enhances the quality of the output by rejecting low-contrast, high-frequency texture edges

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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 1992. ICASSP-92., 1992 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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23-26 Mar 1992