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Contextual and Variational Contrast Enhancement

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2 Author(s)
Turgay Celik ; School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K. ; Tardi Tjahjadi

This paper proposes an algorithm that enhances the contrast of an input image using interpixel contextual information. The algorithm uses a 2-D histogram of the input image constructed using a mutual relationship between each pixel and its neighboring pixels. A smooth 2-D target histogram is obtained by minimizing the sum of Frobenius norms of the differences from the input histogram and the uniformly distributed histogram. The enhancement is achieved by mapping the diagonal elements of the input histogram to the diagonal elements of the target histogram. Experimental results show that the algorithm produces better or comparable enhanced images than four state-of-the-art algorithms.

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 12 )