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Automatic Contrast Enhancement for Low Contrast Images: A Comparison of Recent Histogram Based Techniques

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In this paper we compare two recent methods for automatic enhancement of the contrast of the image, based on the principle of transforming the skewed histogram of the original image into a uniform histogram. The histogram based gray level grouping (GLG) method and its variants (after Chen et al., 2006) and the fuzzy logic method (after Hanmandlu and Jha, 2006) are evaluated on three different images (gray scale as well as color) in order to ascertain which of the algorithms are better suited across a variety of images from different sensors and having varying characteristics. Based on the visual quality and the Tenengrad criterion we conclude that the FastHSV variant of the GLG method may be applied for automatic contrast enhancement across a wide variety of images.

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Computer Science and Information Technology, 2008. ICCSIT '08. International Conference on

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Aug. 29 2008-Sept. 2 2008