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Single Image Super-Resolution With Non-Local Means and Steering Kernel Regression

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4 Author(s)
Kaibing Zhang ; Sch. of Electron. Eng., Xidian Univ., Xi'an, China ; Xinbo Gao ; Dacheng Tao ; Xuelong Li

Image super-resolution (SR) reconstruction is essentially an ill-posed problem, so it is important to design an effective prior. For this purpose, we propose a novel image SR method by learning both non-local and local regularization priors from a given low-resolution image. The non-local prior takes advantage of the redundancy of similar patches in natural images, while the local prior assumes that a target pixel can be estimated by a weighted average of its neighbors. Based on the above considerations, we utilize the non-local means filter to learn a non-local prior and the steering kernel regression to learn a local prior. By assembling the two complementary regularization terms, we propose a maximum a posteriori probability framework for SR recovery. Thorough experimental results suggest that the proposed SR method can reconstruct higher quality results both quantitatively and perceptually.

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 11 )