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Image Segmentation

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– Segmentation subdivides an image to regions or objects – Two basic properties of intensity values

• Discontinuity

– Edge detection

• Similarity

– Thresholding – Region growing/splitting/merging

© 2002 R. C. Gonzalez & R. E. Woods

Digital Image Processing, 2nd ed.

www.imageprocessingbook.com

Detection of Discontinuities: Point detection

• Mask operation

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• Point detection

– Isolated point R ≥ T

• whose gray value is significantly different from its background

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© 2002 R. C. Gonzalez & R. E. Woods

Digital Image Processing, 2nd ed.

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Detection of discontinuities: Line detection

• Mask operation

– Preferred direction is weighted by with a larger coefficient – The coefficients in each mask sum to zero response of constant gray level areas – Compare values of individual masks (run all masks) or run only the mask of specified direction

© 2002 R. C. Gonzalez & R. E. Woods

Digital Image Processing, 2nd ed.

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Image Segmentation: Line detection

• Example: – interested in lines of -45o – Run the corresponding mask – All other lines are eliminated

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com Detection of discontinuities: Edge detection • Basic formulation – Edge: a set of connected pixels that lie on the boundary between two regions • ’Local’ concept in contrast to ’more global’ boundary concept • To be measured by grey-level transitions • Ideal and blurred edges © 2002 R. C. Gonzalez & R. Woods .Digital Image Processing. www.imageprocessingbook. E. 2nd ed.

imageprocessingbook. 2nd ed. C.Digital Image Processing. Gonzalez & R.com Edge detection • First derivative can be used to detect the presence of an edge (if a point is on a ramp) • The sign of the second derivative can be used to determine whether an edge pixel lie on the dark or light side of an edge – Second derivative produces two value per edge – Zero crossing near the edge midpoint – Non-horizontal edges – define a profile perpendicular to the edge direction © 2002 R. Woods . E. www.

imageprocessingbook. C.com Edge detection • Edges in the presense of noise – Derivatives are sensitive to (even fairly little) noise – Consider image smoothing prior to the use of derivatives • Edge definition again – Edge point – whose first derivative is above a pre-specified threshold – Edge – connected edge points – Derivatives are computed through gradients (1st) and Laplacians (2nd) © 2002 R. E. Gonzalez & R. Woods . www. 2nd ed.Digital Image Processing.

y) α ( x. E.imageprocessingbook. Gonzalez & R.Digital Image Processing. Woods .y) ⎢ ⎣ ∂y ⎥ ⎦ – Magnitude: gives the quantity of the increase (some times referred to as 2 1/ 2 gradient too) ∇f = mag (∇f ) = [Gx2 + G y ] ∇f ≈ G x + G y – Direction: perpendicular to the ⎛ ⎞ −1 ⎜ G x ⎟ direction of the edge at (x. C. www. 2nd ed. y ) = tan ⎜ ⎟ Gy ⎠ ⎝ – Partial derivatives computed through 2x2 or 3x3 masks • Sobel operators introduce some smoothing and give more importance to the center point © 2002 R.com Edge detection: Gradient operators • Gradient ⎡ ∂f ⎤ – Vector pointing to the direction of ⎡Gx ⎤ ⎢ ∂x ⎥ maximum rate of change of f at ∇f = ⎢ ⎥ = ⎢ ∂ ⎥ f G ⎣ y⎦ ⎢ ⎥ coordinates (x.

C. Woods .Digital Image Processing.com Edge detection: Gradient operators • Detecting diagonal edges © 2002 R. www. E.imageprocessingbook. Gonzalez & R. 2nd ed.

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Digital Image Processing. E. 2nd ed. double edges • Pros: Dark or light side of the edge.imageprocessingbook. C.com Edge detection • Laplacian ∂2 f ∂2 f – Second-order derivative of a 2-D function ∇ f = 2 + 2 ∂y ∂x 2 – Digital approximations by proper masks – Complementary use for edge detection • Cons: Laplacian is very sensible to noise. zero crossings are of better use • Laplacian of Gaussian (LoG): preliminary smoothing to find edges through zero crossings h( r ) = −e − r2 2σ 2 r 2 = x2 + y2 ⎡ r 2 − σ 2 ⎤ − 2σ 2 2 ∇ h( r ) = − ⎢ ⎥e 4 ⎦ ⎣ σ r2 © 2002 R. Woods . Gonzalez & R. www.

2nd ed. www. E. C.imageprocessingbook.com Edge detection © 2002 R. Woods . Gonzalez & R.Digital Image Processing.

imageprocessingbook. C. E. Woods .com Edge detection •Example: Edges through LoG zero-crossings on an angiogram image • 27x27 Gaussian mask. 2nd ed.Digital Image Processing. 3x3 Laplacian • Thinner than the gradient edges • Closeed loops (spagetti effect) • Zero-crossing calculation is not straighforward © 2002 R. www. Gonzalez & R.

y0 ) < A © 2002 R.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Local processing – Analyze pixels in a small neighborhood following predefined criteria. ∇f ( x. y ) − α ( x0 .imageprocessingbook. – Connect similar (labeled ‘edge’) points • Strength of the gradient vector response ∇f ≈ Gx + G y . y ) = tan −1 (Gx / G y ) • Both magnitude and angle criteria should be satisfied α ( x. y0 ) ≤ E • Gradient vector direction α ( x.Digital Image Processing. 2nd ed. Woods . E. C. www. y ) − ∇f ( x0 . Gonzalez & R.

C.imageprocessingbook.Digital Image Processing. E. www. 2nd ed. Woods . Gonzalez & R.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Example: find rectangular shapes similar to license plate – Find gradients – Connect edge points – Check horizontal-vertical proportion © 2002 R.

b’) on the parametric space – All points on a line intersect at the same parametric point – – – – © 2002 R.imageprocessingbook.Digital Image Processing. www. Gonzalez & R.yi) and the general line equation yi = axi + b Write the equation with respect to ab-plane (parametric space) b = − xi a + yi Write the equation for a second point (xj. Woods . C. E. 2nd ed.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Global processing via the Hough transform Determine if points lie on a curve of specified shape Consider a point (xi.yj) and find the intersection point (a’.

Gonzalez & R. for n different image point.j) corresponds to (ai. www.imageprocessingbook.q)=A(p.Digital Image Processing.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Computational aspects of the Hough transform – – – – – Subdivision of the parametric space into accumulator cells The cell at (i. the method involves nK computations (linear complexity) © 2002 R.j) with accumulator values A(i. E.yk) vary a from cell to cell and solve for b: b = − xk a + y k If ap generates bq. then increment the accumulator A(p. 2nd ed. C. a value of Q in A(i.j) corresponds to Q points in the xy-plane lying on the line y = ai x + b j – K different incremens of a generate K different values of b.bj) For every point (xk. Woods .q)+1 At the end of the procedure.

there are sinusoidal curves in the parameter space – The number or intesecting sinusoids is accumulated and then the value Q in the accumulator A(i. C. Woods . 2nd ed. E.Digital Image Processing. www. Gonzalez & R.imageprocessingbook.j) shows the number of colinear points lying on a line x cos θ j + y sin θj = ρ i © 2002 R.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Hough transform: handling the vertical lines – Through normal representation x cos θ + y sin θ = ρ – Instead of straight lines.

E. Woods .imageprocessingbook. 2nd ed. www.Digital Image Processing.com Edge linking and boundary detection • Example: two lines connecting three points each – Fig (d) indicates that the Hough transform exhibits a reflective adjacency relationship • Summary of Hough transform for edge linking – Compute the gradient – Specify subdivisions in the parametric plane – Examine the counts of the accumulator cells – Examine the continuity relationship between pixels in a chosen cell © 2002 R. C. Gonzalez & R.

2nd ed. C. E. www.com Edge linking and boundary detection Example: Hough transform removing gaps (no longer than 5 pixels) between edge pixels © 2002 R. Gonzalez & R.Digital Image Processing. Woods .imageprocessingbook.

imageprocessingbook. being a successor of nj-1. yq) • Associate cost with an edge element c( p. n2. C. www. q) = H − [ f ( p ) − f (q )] © 2002 R. • Edge element defined between two neighboor pixels p and q (xp. last (goal) level Cost c(ni. nj) associated with an arc. • • • • • In a directed arc ni is called parent and nj is called successor. E.….com Edge linking and boundary detection • Global processing via Graph-Theoretic Techniques – Graph G=(N. Expansion: identifying successors of a node Starting (0 or root) level. with each ni.U): a set of nodes N and a set U of arcs (ni. yp) (xq. Gonzalez & R. Woods . 2nd ed. Path n1. nj). Cost of a path is the sum of costs of the arcs constituting the path.Digital Image Processing.nk.

2nd ed. C. Gonzalez & R. Woods .com Edge linking: examples of graph search © 2002 R. www. E.Digital Image Processing.imageprocessingbook.

⎧1 if f ( x. p( x. y ) > T g ( x. E. y ).imageprocessingbook. f ( x. 2nd ed. Gonzalez & R.com Thresholding • Foundation – Histogram dominant modes: two or more – Threshold and thresholding operation T = T [x. C. y.Digital Image Processing. y ) = ⎨ ⎩0 if f ( x. www. Woods . y ) ≤ T • Illumination – Image is a product of reflectance and illuminance – Reflection nature of objects and backaground – Poor (nonlinear) illumination could impede the segmentation – The final histogram is a result of convolution of the histogram of the log reflectance and log illuminance functions – Normalization if the illuminance function is known © 2002 R. y )].

2nd ed.com Thresholding • Basic Global Thresholding – Threshold midway between maximum and minimum gray levels – Appropriate for industrial inspection applications with controllable illumination – Automatic algorithm • • • • Segment with initial T into regions G1 and G2 Compute the average gray level m1 and m2 Compute new T=0. Woods . E. www.5(m1+m2) Repeat until reach an acceptably small change of T in successive iterations © 2002 R.imageprocessingbook. C. Gonzalez & R.Digital Image Processing.

www. 2nd ed.imageprocessingbook. Gonzalez & R. Woods . C.Digital Image Processing. E.com Thresholding • Basic Adaptive Thresholding – Divide the image into sub-images and use local thresholds © 2002 R.

E. Gaussian © 2002 R. C. 2nd ed.com Thresholding • Optimal Global and Adaptive Thresholding – Histograms considered as estimates of probability density functions – Mixure probability p( z ) = P1 p1 ( z ) + P2 p2 ( z ).g. e.Digital Image Processing.imageprocessingbook. www. Gonzalez & R. Woods . P1 + P2 = 1 – Select the value of T that minmizes the average ∞ T error in making the decision that a given pixel E (T ) = P2 ∫ p2 ( z )dz + P 1 ∫ p1 ( z ) dz belongs to an object of to the background • Minimizing the probability of eroneous classificaion – Differentiate the error equation and solve for T −∞ T P2 p2 (T ) = P 1 p1 (T ) – Estimating the densities using simple models.

object interior is coded by either 0 or +. Gonzalez & R. transition from object to background (+. E.-) © 2002 R. Woods . www.imageprocessingbook.Digital Image Processing. 2nd ed. y ) = ⎨+ if ∇f ≥ T ⎪− if ∇f ≥ T ⎩ and ∇ 2 f ≥ 0 and ∇ 2 f < 0 – Transition from light background to dark object is characterized (-.+). C.com Thresholding • Boundary Characteristics for Histogram Thresholding – Consider only pixels lying on and near edges – Use gradient or Laplacian to preliminary process the image ⎧ 0 if ∇f < T ⎪ s ( x.

imageprocessingbook.com Thresholding • Thresholds based on several variables – Color or multispectral histograms – Thresholding is based on finding clusters in multi-dimensional space – Example: face detection – Different color models • Hue and saturation instead of RGB © 2002 R. Gonzalez & R. 2nd ed. E. C. www.Digital Image Processing. Woods .

Gonzalez & R. C. www. 2nd ed.imageprocessingbook.com Region-based segmentation • Basic formulation – – – – Every pixel must be in a region Points in a region must be connected Regions must be disjoint Logical predicate for one region and for distinguishing between regions • Region growing – Group pixels from sub-regions to larger regions – Start from a set of ’seed’ pixels and append pixels with similar properties • Selection of similarity criteria: color. E.Digital Image Processing. Woods . descriptotors (gray level + moments) • Stopping rule • Region splitting and merging – Quadtree decomposition © 2002 R.

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