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Wavelets are mathematical functions that cut up data into different frequency components, and then study each component with a resolution matched to its scale. They have advantages over traditional Fourier methods in analyzing physical situations where the signal contains discontinuities and sharp spikes. Wavelets were developed independently in the fields of mathematics, quantum physics, electrical engineering, and seismic geology. Interchanges between these fields during the last ten years have led to many new wavelet applications such as image compression, turbulence, human vision, radar, and earthquake prediction. Wavelet methods constitute the underpinning of a new comprehension of time-frequency analysis. They have emerged independently within different scientific branches of study until all these different viewpoints have been subsumed under the common terms of wavelets and time-scale analysis, or scale-space-analysis in the context of image processing. Wavelet theory is closely connected to the Fourier transformation. In turn, the continuous wavelet transformation is an integral transformation similar to the Fourier transformation. But whereas the Fourier transformation analyzes the global regularity of a function, the wavelet transform analyzes the point wise regularity of a function. Wavelet theory involves representing general functions in terms of simpler, fixed building blocks at different scales and positions.


1 Introduction 1.1 Describing compression 1.2 Lossy compression 1.3 Lossless compression 03 1.4 Effects of loosy compression on medical images 04 2 Wavelet transform 2.1 Scale dependent in images 2.2 Inter and intra-scale dependencies 3 Compression methods 3.1 SPIHT algorithm 3.2 EZW algorithm 3.3 SOFM algorithm 4 Simulation and results 4.1 Performance analysis 4.2 Conclusion References 24 27 28 16 18 21 06 10 03 03

Digital images in their original state require considerable storage capacity and transmission bandwidth. Image compression is the process of encoding images such that less storage space is required to archive them and less transmission time is required to retrieve them over a network. Compression is possible because most images contain large sections (e.g. backgrounds) that are often smooth, containing nearly identical pixel values that contain duplicate information. This is referred to as statistical redundancy. Ideally, an image compression technique strives to remove redundant information, and efficiently encode and preserve the remaining data. 1.1 Describing Compression The compression ratio between the original image and the compressed version is typically used to describe the degree of compression of a compressed image. It is the ratio between computer storage required to store the original image to that of the compressed data. While no compression algorithm can reduce file size without damage to image quality, many algorithms can reach compression ratios on the order of 30:1 (when compared to the uncoded image), with barely noticeable effects. Image compression algorithms may be broadly categorized into two types: lossy and lossless. 1.2 Lossy Compression With lossy image compression, redundant pixel data are discarded during the compression process so that the compressed image is only an approximation of the original material. Quite often adjusting the compression parameters can vary the degree of lossiness allowing the imagemaker to trade off file size against image quality. 1.3 Lossless Compression In lossless compression schemes, the reconstructed image (after compression) is numerically identical to the original image and may be displayed as an exact digital replica of the original. Only the statistical redundancy is exploited to achieve compression. In general, lossless techniques provide far lower compression ratios than lossy techniques with the bonus of preserving all image content.

1.4 Effects of Lossy Compression on Medical Images At low compression rates, high frequency noise is the first to be lost; however, this is generally imperceptible and referred to as visually lossless. As the compression ratio is increased, the first perceptible change in medical images is typically the removal of salt-and-pepper noise which is generally preferred by observers and may actually improve diagnostic quality. At moderate levels of compression, blurring of image content becomes apparent and at high levels of compression, blurring will increase and artifacts characteristic of the compression algorithm will become evident. 1.4.1 Specific Issues Associated with Image Compression in a PACS Environment With recent advances in PACS and telemedicine, the quantity of medical volumetric data generated by modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) is ever increasing. Although the cost of data storage is falling as the capacity per device increases, there remains a strong demand for efficient image compression techniques to accommodate the rapid growth of these data and to reduce associated storage and bandwidth costs. Within a typical digital radiology setup, data are stored in a central server or, in larger schemes, in one of many server nodes. This large repository of archived patient data greatly increases the frequency with which a user can access patient images. However, the client, in many cases, is a low-to-mid range computer with modest memory and bandwidth. This type of setup imposes constraints that must be addressed: 1. Choice of compression method - lossy or lossless: If such data are to be transferred over low-bandwidth networks, efficient compression is essential. Currently, hospitals are reluctant to use lossy compression due to the potential for legal ramifications given incorrect diagnoses. Lossless compression does not carry these ramifications, but does not compress the image data to the magnitude achieved by lossy compression. 2. Proprietary or open standards: Should the hospital employ proprietary compression schemes or open standards? Proprietary compression schemes have a cost and risk associated with their support, end of life and interoperability. Standards reduce this cost and risk but might not be the most efficient or advanced option. 3. Scalability: As some clients will be limited in computer memory, a client receiving scaled data may browse low-resolution versions of the image for selection of a region or volume

of interest (ROI, VOI respectively) for preferred download. Further, reduced resolution viewing decreases the clients dependence on high bandwidth connections while simultaneously decreasing rendering times. 4. Internet Communication Protocols: The client-server communication protocol must be generic enough to be easily deployed on a variety of computer operating systems.



The wavelet transform applied to a whole variety of different signals as emerged as a new tool in signal processing. Wavelets are able to model characteristics of signals not previously modelled by existing statistical approaches. In particular it is able to model scale dependence which is present in most if not all real-life signals such as speech or image signals. In the next section we will introduce what we mean by scale dependence in images. 2.1 Scale dependence in images A key feature in the design of good data compression algorithms is that they capture the correlations in the data. For example, in an image, there is a high correlation between a pixel and its neighbours, something which is exploited in simple predictive coding algorithms. We call this correlation spatial dependence since there is a statistical dependence between pixels which are spatially close to each other. However, there is a more subtle dependence in signals and that is one across different scales. This is something that is brought out by the wavelet decomposition of a signal. As an example Fig. 1, below shows an image of an outdoor scene which is 512x512 pixels. Fig. 2 shows this image displayed at a coarser scale (in other words, the same image is displayed on a smaller grid, in this case 256x256 pixels). Obviously, because we are displaying the same image on a smaller grid, many of the finer details in Fig. 1, are lost in Fig. 2, but we can still easily recognise the scene in Fig. 1, from that in Fig. 2. The image displayed in Fig. 2, was produced from that displayed in Fig. 1, by sub-sampling the pixels after applying a simple low-pass filter in order to avoid aliasing effects. We can obviously apply this process to the image in Fig. 2, and the result is Fig. 3, which is the same (recognisable) scene but displayed at an even coarser scale. Obviously, we could repeat this process and create a pyramid of images where each level of the pyramid represents the image at a different scale. The term scale dependence means that there is a correlation between features at one scale (in other words, at one level in the pyramid) and features at another scale at the same location (taking into account the different sampling grid sizes). The word feature is used loosely in this context (although it will have a more precise meaning in the context of the wavelet transform).

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For example, the presence of an edge at one scale means that there is an increased probability of an edge being at the corresponding position in coarser scale images. Fig. 4 and 5 demonstrate this point by displaying edge maps computed from Fig. 1 and 2 respectively.

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By examining Fig. 3 and 4 closely, we can see that this edge correlation does indeed exist. However, it is not 100% correlation. Thus an edge at a fine scale might appear at a coarser scale, but it might not. This is important from a compression view-point. Efficient compression methods are all about making good predictions. If we apply compression to the coarser scale image first (Fig. 4) and then predict the presence of all edge features in Fig. 5, at corresponding locations in Fig. 4, then this will be a fairly good approximation. All that remains is to add the extra detail (in other words those edge features that are in the fine scale image but not the coarser scale image) to get the fine scale compressed image. This is the

basis (very crudely!) of wavelet compression algorithms they predict what is at the finer scale from information computed at the coarser scale on a reduced grid size and encode the extra added detail (so called inter-scale prediction). Of course, compressions algorithms shouldnt ignore the spatial correlation of neighboring pixels and wavelet compression algorithms combine this inter-scale prediction with intra-scale prediction in other words prediction information within a single image scale. We will show why it is more efficient to compress the wavelet coefficients after a wavelet transform. To begin with it is worth looking at the images produced by a wavelet transform. Fig. 6 shows an original image, the famous Lena image much used by image compression researchers in order to evaluate their algorithm. This image is 512x512 pixels in size. Fig. 7 is the result of applying the 2D Haar transform on this image and shows the coarse scale approximation image and the 3 detail images (only the magnitudes of the detail images are shown as they can be positive or negative values). Fig. 8 shows the result of the 2D linear spline wavelet transform for comparison. In Fig. 9, a 2 level wavelet decomposition using the Haar wavelet is shown where a wavelet decomposition of the approximation image is applied. This results in one approximation image and 6 detail images but notice that all of these images fit exactly into the original 512x512 pixel container. From a compression viewpoint, the striking feature of the two wavelet transforms is that all three of the detail images are mainly dark in the smooth image regions with higher frequency regions (such as edges and textured regions) highlighted. In terms of the distribution of greylevels in the detail images, the grey level of a pixel in the detail images would have a high probability of having a small magnitude (close to zero) than a pixel in the original image (this ignores any inter or intra scale dependencies for the moment). Hence we can postulate that the zero th order entropy of the wavelet decomposition image (the coarse scale approximation image and the three detail images) will be lower than the zero th order entropy of the original image and hence, using entropy coding (Huffman or Arithmetic coding) should result in significant compression if applied to the wavelet image. Figure 13 shows the grey level histograms of the original image along with that of Haar wavelet image and shows that the histogram of the wavelet image is much more compact than that of the original image particularly around zero indicating a lower entropy value. A careful comparison of Fig. 7 and 8 shows that the linear wavelet does a better job in approximating the original image as the three detail images are clearly darker

and contain less energy than for the Haar wavelet. Remember, the detail signal is essentially the difference between the original and its coarse scale approximation. The better the approximation, the lower the energy in the detail image and the more efficiently the detail images can be compressed. Table 1 lists the entropies of the original, the Haar wavelet and the linear spline wavelet where this is confirmed. The entropies are shown for both a 1 and 2level wavelet decomposition where it can be seen that the entropy is further reduced for the 2 level wavelet pyramid. This can be continued and, typically, for image compression applications, 5 or 6 level wavelet pyramids are used. Beyond this point, there is little decrease in entropy since the coarse scale approximation image occupies a smaller and smaller proportion of the wavelet image size and hence approximating it further makes little difference (for example, for a 5-level wavelet decomposition, the coarse level approximation image is 16x16 pixels for a 512x512 original image size).

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2.2 Inter and intra-scale dependencies The above results are for zeroth order entropy only in other words, we still have not taken into account inter-scale or intra-scale dependencies of the coefficients in the wavelet images.

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Entropy Original image 1-level Haar wavelet 1-level linear spline wavelet 2-level Haar wavelet 2-level linear spline wavelet Table: 1 These dependencies are exploited in these algorithms However, being able to explicitly express these dependencies algebraically is not easy. Usually papers attempt to do this by expressing the mutual information between spatially neighboring or parent-child wavelet coefficients this can lead to interesting results although the mathematics is tricky and often only simplified cases can be considered. We will consider a simplified scenario where we classify wavelet coefficients into 2 groups those that are large and those that are small. This sounds too simple but is actually quite relevant when it comes to wavelet compression because modern algorithms essentially try to put more effort into coding large valued coefficients at the expense of ignoring small valued coefficients. This of course begs the question that, somehow, we have to be able to also encode the position of groups of large or small valued coefficients which is where the dependencies (inter or intra-scale) allow us to do this quite efficiently. Before we look at this simple model, we need to be clear about just what dependencies we are trying to model. Fig. 11 shows wavelet decomposition into 2 levels the coarse approximation image is the small square at the top left of the figure and the 6 detail images are shown. A wavelet coefficient in one of the detail images is shown as 11. We are considering dependencies between this coefficient and it 8 neighboring coefficients in the same detail image. This is intra-scale dependency. We are also considering the dependence between X and its parent P ( X ) which is the corresponding coefficient at the next level.
j Thus if X is detail image pixel d n , n , k ,l (k,l are the spatial coordinates within the detail j image) then its parent coefficient is d n 1,n 1,k / 2,l / 2 .

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Let us denote sets S and L assets wavelet coefficients with small and large absolute values. We will classify wavelet coefficients into these two classes by comparing their absolute values with a threshold. # S and # L are the number of coefficients in each set with
# S +# L = N 2 for an image consisting of N rows by N columns.

Let us focus on the inter-scale dependency first. A wavelet coefficient X is a member of either set S or set L. Its parent coefficient is also a member of set S or set L. We want to determine if there is any dependency on the memberships of these two coefficients. In other words, if the parent of X is in set S, is it more likely that X will be in set S also? Thus we want to determine the following probabilities:
P ( X S | P ( X ) S ) =Prob. that X is a member of set S if its parent is a member of set S. P ( X L | P ( X ) S ) = Prob. that X is a member of set L if its parent is a member of set S. P ( X S | P ( X ) L) = Prob. that X is a member of set S if its parent is a member of set L. P ( X L | P ( X ) L) = Prob. that X is a member of set L if its parent is a member of set L.

Without any dependencies we would expect that:

P( X S | P ( X ) L) = P( X S | P ( X ) S )

#S N2


P ( X L | P ( X ) L) = P ( X L | P ( X ) S )

#L N2


We can take simple measurements from a wavelet image to see if any dependencies exist on the membership of sets S and L. We estimate the probabilities in equations 2.1 and 2.2 from the histogram of the wavelet coefficients. In order to determine the set membership of a wavelet coefficient, the histogram shown in Fig. 12 for a 1-level Haar decomposition shows that there is a large cluster around zero and a much broader cluster starting at a value of around 5. Interestingly, this 2-cluster model of wavelet coefficient distribution has been developed and used recently in areas such as image filtering as well as compression. Thus, for this image, we will choose a threshold of 5 in order to partition the coefficients into the two sets. We then simply measure the numbers of coefficients that are in the respective sets to estimate the probabilities P ( X S | P ( X ) S ) and P ( X L | P ( X ) L) . Table 2 lists these values for the 2-level Haar decomposition for the Lena image. Also table 2 lists the values of # S / N 2 and # L / N 2 which are the probability estimates assuming no inter-scale dependency for comparison.
P( X S | P( X ) S ) P ( X L | P ( X ) L)

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0.529 Table: 2



From the above table, we see that, ignoring inter-scale dependencies, the probability of a coefficient being small is 0.781 but if we take into account whether its parent coefficient is small, this increases to 0.886. The probability of a coefficient being large if we ignore interscale dependencies is 0.219 but if we take into account whether its parent is large, this increases to 0.529. From an image compression viewpoint, when encoding a wavelet coefficient, we can usefully take into account the state of a parent wavelet coefficient (in other words whether it is small or large). Since most (if not all) wavelet-based image compression algorithms encode coarser scales before finer scales (we will discuss more about this in the next section),

the state of the parent of a wavelet coefficient is known to the decoder as well as the encoder and so this does not have to be transmitted. For the case of intra-frame dependency, the situation is a bit more complicated as a wavelet coefficient at any level has 8 spatial neighbors as shown in Fig. 13. Hence there are 2 8 possible states of the surrounding 8 neighbors which make characterizing the dependence unmanageable. A simple solution is to characterize the state of the neighborhood in terms of the average (absolute) value of their wavelet coefficient values. X

Fig. 12 Let c( X ) be the absolute value of a wavelet coefficient X and the set { X n : 1 n 8} the neighboring coefficients of X. The state of the neighborhood of X is then characterized by the value: c= 1 8 c ( X n ) 8 n =1 2.3

The state of the neighborhood is then this value thresholded:

{ X n } S { X n } L

if c < T if c T


We can then apply a similar technique as in the inter-scale dependency and measure the probabilities P ( X S | { X n } S ) and P ( X L | { X n } L) in order to compare them with
# S / N 2 and # L / N 2 . Table 3 lists the values using a single level Haar decomposition.

In this case, the improvement in the prediction probability when intra-scale dependencies are considered is even greater than in the case of inter-scale probabilities. Most of wavelet compression algorithms use a combination of inter and intra scale prediction in determining the

significance of a wavelet coefficient (in other words whether its absolute value is greater than a threshold) which in turn determines whether it should be coded or not. It should also be mentioned that the neighborhoods shown in Fig. 12 cannot, in fact be used in predicting whether the coefficient at the centre of the neighborhoods is significant or not. This is because, in coding wavelet coefficients, a raster-scanning of each wavelet level is used which means coefficients are scanned in a top-left to bottom-right order. Thus, all of the coefficients in the neighborhoods will not have been coded before the centre coefficient X is coded and the decoder will have no way computing the prediction probabilities ( P ( X S | { X n } S ) and P( X L | { X n } L) ). Hence a causal neighborhood is used in determining these probabilities. Fig. 13 shows a causal neighborhood where, in this case, all of the coefficients in the neighborhood are coded before X.

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Uncompressed multimedia data requires considerable storage capacity and transmission bandwidth. The data are in the form of graphics, audio, video and image. These types of data have to be compressed during the transmission process. Large amount of data cant be stored if there is low storage capacity present. The compression offers a means to reduce the cost of storage and increase the speed of transmission. Image compression is used to minimize the size

in bytes of a graphics file without degrading the quality of the image. There are two types of image compression is present. They are lossy and lossless. Some of the compression algorithms are used in the earlier days and it was one of the first to be proposed using wavelet methods. For still image compression, JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is established. The JPEG technique is mainly based upon the Discrete Cosine Transform. Over the past few years, a variety of powerful and sophisticated wavelet based schemes for image compression have been developed and implemented. The coders provide a better quality in the pictures. Wavelet based image compression based on setpartitioning in hierarchical trees (SPIHT) and is a powerful, efficient and yet computationally simple image compression algorithm. It provides a better performance when compared to the Embedded Zerotree wavelet transform. There are two passes involve in SPIHT and EZW techniques. They are Sorting Pass and Refinement Pass. Second, the image quality is measured objectively, using Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR) and Mean Squared Error (MSE). In SOFM, there are three types of layers are present. They are Input layer, competitive layer and output layer. The input layer accepts multidimensional input pattern from the environment. In competitive layer, each neuron node receives a sum of weighted inputs from the input layer. The organization of the output layer is application dependent. 3.1 SPIHT ALGORITHM The SPIHT algorithm was introduced by Said and Pearlman. It is a powerful, efficient and yet computationally simple image compression algorithm. By using this algorithm, the highest PSNR values for given compression ratios for a variety of images can be obtained. It provides a better comparison standard for all subsequent algorithms. SPIHT stands for Set Partitioning in Hierarchical Trees. SPIHT was designed for optimal progressive transmission, as well as for compression. One of the important features of SPIHT is that at any point during the decoding of an image, the quality of the displayed image is the best that can be achieved for the number of bits input by the decoder up to that moment. The wavelet coefficients can be referred as Ci,j. In a progressive transmission method, the decoder starts by setting the reconstruction image to zero. It then inputs (encoded) transform coefficients, decodes them, and uses them to generate an improved reconstruction image. The main aim in progressive transmission is to transmit the most important image information first. SPIHT uses the mean squared error (MSE) distortion measure.

3.1 Where, N is the total number of pixels. So the largest coefficients contain the information that reduces the MSE distortion. A. SPIHT Coding It is important to have the encoder and decoder test sets for significance in the same way, so the coding algorithm uses three lists called list of significant pixels (LSP), list of insignificant pixels (LIP), and list of insignificant sets (LIS). 1. Initialization: Set n to [log2 maxi,j(Ci,j)] and transmit n. Set the LSP to empty. Set the LIP to the coordinates of all the roots (i, j) H. Set the LIS to the coordinates of all the roots (i, j) H that have descendants. 2. Sorting pass: 2.1 For each entry (i, j) in the LIP do: 2.1.1 Output Sn(i, j); 2.1.2 If Sn(i, j) = 1, move (i, j) to the LSP and output the sign of Ci,j ; 2.2 For each entry (i, j) in the LIS do: 2.2.1 if the entry is of type A, then output Sn(D(i, j)); if Sn(D(i, j)) = 1, then for each (k, l) O(i, j) do: output Sn(k, l); if Sn(k, l) = 1, add (k, l) to the LSP, output the sign of Ck,l; if Sn(k, l) = 0, append (k, l) to the LIP; if L(i, j) not equal to 0, move (i, j) to the end of the LIS, as a type-B entry, and go to step 2.2.2; else, remove entry (i, j) from the LIS; 2.2.3 if the entry is of type B, then output Sn(L(i, j)); if Sn(L(i, j)) = 1, then append each (k, l) O(i,j) to the LIS as a type-A entry: remove (i, j) from the LIS: 3. Refinement pass: for each entry (i, j) in the LSP, except those included in the last sorting pass (the one with the same n), output the nth most significant bit of |Ci,j|; 4. Loop: decrement n by 1 and go to step 2 if needed.

3.2 EZW ALGORITHM The EZW algorithm was one of the first and powerful algorithms based on Wavelet based Image compression. The other algorithms were created depending upon the fundamental concepts of EZW. The EZW algorithm was introduced in the paper of Shapiro. The expansion of EZW is Embedded Zerotree Wavelet. The core of the EZW compression is the exploitation of selfsimilarity across different scales of an image wavelet transform. In other words EZW approximates higher frequency coefficients of a wavelet transformed image. Because the wavelet transform coefficients contain information about both spatial and frequency content of an image, discarding a high-frequency coefficient leads to some image degradation in a particular location of the restored image rather than across the whole image. Here, the threshold is used to calculate a significance map of significant and insignificant wavelet coefficients. Zerotrees are used to represent the significance map in an efficient way. The main steps are as follows: 1. Initialization: Set the threshold T to the smallest power of 2 that is greater than max (i,j) |Ci,j|/2, where Ci,j are the wavelet coefficients. 2. Significance map coding: Scan all the coefficients in a predefined way and output a symbol when |Ci,j | > T. When the decoder inputs this symbol, it sets Ci,j = 1.5T. 3. Refinement: Refine each significant coefficient by sending one more bit of its binary representation. When the decoder receives this, it increments the current coefficient value by 0.25T. 4. Set T = T/2, and go to step 2 if more iterations are needed. A. EZW Coding A wavelet coefficient Ci,j is considered insignificant with respect to the current threshold T if |C i,j| = T. The Zerotree data structure can be constructed from the following experimental result: If a wavelet coefficient at a coarse scale (i.e., high in the image pyramid) is insignificant with respect to a given threshold T, then all of the coefficients of the same orientation in the same spatial location at finer scales (i.e., located lower in the pyramid) are very likely to be insignificant with respect to T. In each iteration, all the coefficients are scanned in the order shown in Fig. 14. This guarantees that when a node is visited, all its parents will already have been scanned. Each coefficient visited in the scan is classified as a Zerotree root (ZTR), an isolated zero (IZ), positive significant (POS), or negative significant (NEG). A Zerotree root is a

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Fig. 15 Coefficient that is insignificant and all its descendants (in the same spatial orientation tree) are also insignificant. Such a coefficient becomes the root of a Zerotree. It is encoded with a special symbol (denoted by ZTR). When the decoder inputs a ZTR symbol, it assigns a zero value to the


coefficients and to all its descendants in the spatial orientation tree. Their values get improved in subsequent iterations. The Fig. 15 illustrates this classification. Two lists are used by the encoder (and also by the decoder, which works in lockstep) in the scanning process. The dominant list contains the coordinates of the coefficients that have not been found to be significant. They are stored in the order scan, by pyramid levels, and within each level by subbands. The subordinate list contains the magnitudes of the coefficients that have been found to be significant. Each list is scanned once per iteration. Iteration consists of a dominant pass followed by a subordinate pass. In the dominant pass, coefficients from the dominant list are tested for significance. If a coefficient is found significant, then i) its sign is determined, ii) it is classified as either POS or NEG, iii) its magnitude is appended to the subordinate list, and iv) it is set to zero in memory (in the array containing all the wavelet coefficients). The last step is done so that the coefficient does not prevent the occurrence of a Zerotree in subsequent dominant passes at smaller thresholds. At the end of the subordinate pass, the encoder sorts the magnitudes in the subordinate list in decreasing order. The encoder stops the loop when a certain condition is met and the decoder stops decoding when the maximum acceptable distortion has been breached. 3.3 SOFM ALGORITHM Self-Organizing Feature Maps also known as Kohonen maps were first introduced by Vonder Malsburg and in its present form by Kohonen. This SOFM algorithm is based on competitive learning. Here, neurons are placed at the nodes of a lattice. Neurons become selectively tuned to various input patterns. Output neurons compete among themselves to be activated. From that, only one or one neuron per group wins. The location of the winning neurons tends to become ordered in such a way that a meaningful coordinate system for different input feature is created. A. SOFM Coding The SOFM algorithm consists of four basic steps. It is shown in the following. 1. Initialization: Choose random values for the initial weight vector Cj(0).Cj(0) must be Different for j=1, 2, 3k. 2. Sampling: Draw a sample c from the input distribution with a certain probability. 3. Similarity Matching: 3.1. The best matching criterion is equivalent to the minimum Euclidean distance between vectors.

3.2. Mapping q(c) identifies the neuron that best matches the input vector c. 3.2

4. Updating: 3.3

Continue until noticeable changes are observed.

CHAPTER-IV Simulation and Results

The images Lena, Baboon, Cameraman, Peppers, Barbara and Bridge are used for the experiments. The results of experiments are used to find the PSNR (Peak Signal to Noise Ratio) values and MSE (Mean Square Error) values for the reconstructed images. The results that got by using SPIHT technique are shown in the Fig. 16 and Fig. 17. Some of the best results highest PSNR values for given compression ratios for the sample images have obtained with SPIHT.

Fig. 16 SPIHT Compression of Lena, Baboon & Cameraman image


Fig. 17 SPIHT Compression of Peppers, Barbara & Bridge image SPIHT provides better results when compared to the EZW. The Fig. 18 and Fig. 19 show the results that got by using the EZW technique. EZW is used to produce a fully embedded bit stream. The main features of EZW are discrete wavelet transform, Zerotree coding of wavelet coefficients and successive approximation quantization. Here, embedding is accomplished via a series of decisions that distinguish the reconstructed image from the null image.

Fig. 18 EZW Compression of Lena, Baboon & Cameraman image


Fig. 19 EZW Compression of Peppers, Barbara & Bridge image The objective of the learning algorithm for a SOFM neural network is formation of a feature map which captures the essential characteristics of the p-dimensional input data and maps then on an l-D feature space. The learning algorithm consists of two essential aspects of the map formation, namely, competition and cooperation between neurons of the output lattice. The results that got by using SOFM technique are shown in Fig. 20 and Fig. 21. The images provide less quality when compare to the other techniques.

Fig. 20 SOFM Compression of Lena, Baboon & Cameraman image


Fig. 21 SOFM Compression of Peppers, Barbara & Bridge image

4.1 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS The above algorithms are compared and the results are shown in the figures. The PSNR and MSE values for the images compressed by SPIHT are tabulated in Table 3. The PSNR value is calculated by using the following formula.

4.1 The SPIHT method is not a simple extension of traditional methods for image compression, and represents an important advance in the field. The method deserves special attention because it provides highest image quality, progressive image transmission, fully embedded coded file, Simple quantization, exact bit rate coding and Error protection. Furthermore, its embedded coding process proved to be effective in a broad range of reconstruction qualities. Image Lena Cameraman Bridge Barbara Peppers Baboon PSNR 39.85 34.98 29.5 38.892 37.25 27.73 TABLE: 3 (PSNR & MSE Values for SPIHT) MSE 5.98 19 72.23 15.22 11 92


The main features of EZW include compact multiresolution representation of images by discrete wavelet transformation, Zerotree coding of the significant wavelet coefficients providing compact binary maps, successive approximation quantization of the wavelet coefficients, adaptive multilevel arithmetic coding, and capability of meeting an exact target bit rate with corresponding rate distortion function (RDF). This algorithm may not yield optimal distortion but it does provide a practical and general high compression algorithm for a variety of image classes. Image Lena Cameraman Bridge Barbara Peppers Baboon PSNR 25.6 24.2 23.68 22.7 23.11 21.33 TABLE: 4 (PSNR & MSE Values for EZW) MSE 161 234 280.3 340.33 82.67 138.11

The PSNR and MSE values for the images compressed by EZW are tabulated in Table 4. SOFM can greatly reduce computational complexity. It provides new ways of associating related data. The PSNR and MSE values for the images compressed by SOFM are tabulated in Table 5. In SOFM the error rate may be unacceptable. Image Lena Cameraman Bridge Barbara Peppers Baboon PSNR 11.502 10.98 10.5548 10.38 10.7 10.89 TABLE: 5 (PSNR & MSE Values for SOFM) MSE 4.6543e+003 4.2439 e+003 4.4457 e+003 4.5537 e+003 4.1261 e+003 4.8735e+003


Fig. 22 Comparison of PSNR values for SPIHT, EZW & SOFM

Fig. 23 Comparison of MSE values for SPIHT, EZW The comparison of SPIHT, EZW and SOFM by using PSNR and MSE are shown in Fig. 22 and Fig. 23. The compression ratio is taken as 2:1 to reduce the time needed for subjective testing. 4.2 CONCLUSION The results of different wavelet-based image compression techniques are compared. The effects of different wavelet functions filter orders, number of decompositions, image contents and

compression ratios are examined. The results of the above techniques SPIHT, EZW and SOFM are compared by using two parameters such as PSNR and MSE values from the reconstructed image. These compression algorithms provide a better performance in picture quality at low bit rates. These techniques are successfully tested in many images. One of the important features of SPIHT is that it uses the progressive transmission and its use of embedded coding. It is observed that SPIHT provides a better result when compare to EZW and SOFM. The EZW algorithm is coupled with the power of multiresolution analysis, yields significant compression with little quality loss. Because of the inherent multiresolution nature, wavelet-based coders facilitate progressive transmission of images thereby allowing variable bit rates. The above algorithms can be used to compress the image that is used in the web applications. SOFM can reduce the computational complexity. It has no need of supervised learning rules. Many problems cant be effectively represented by a SOFM. The Arithmetic coding with SPIHT algorithm will be added in the future to get better results.

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