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Adaptive compression coding Nasiopoulos, Panagiotis


An adaptive image compression coding technique, ACC, is presented. This algorithm is shown to preserve edges and give better quality decompressed pictures and better compression ratios than that of the Absolute Moment Block Truncation Coding. Lookup tables are used to achieve better compression rates without affecting the visual quality of the reconstructed image. Regions with approximately uniform intensities are successfully detected by using the range and these regions are approximated by their average. This procedure leads to further reduction in the compression data rates. A method for preserving edges is introduced. It is shown that as more details are preserved around edges the pictorial results improve dramatically. The ragged appearance of the edges in AMBTC is reduced or eliminated, leading to images far superior than those of AMBTC. For most of the images ACC yields Root Mean Square Error smaller than that obtained by AMBTC. Decompression time is shown to be comparable to that of AMBTC for low threshold values and becomes significantly lower as the compression rate becomes smaller. An adaptive filter is introduced which helps recover lost texture at very low compression rates (0.8 to 0.6 b/p, depending on the degree of texture in the image). This algorithm is easy to implement since no special hardware is needed.

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