Edge Detection

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This numerical tour explores local differential operators (grad, div, laplacian) and their use to perform edge detection.

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using PyPlot
using NtToolBox
# using Autoreload
# arequire("NtToolBox")

Diffusion and Convolution

To obtain robust edge detection method, it is required to first remove the noise and small scale features in the image. This can be achieved using a linear blurring kernel.

Size of the image.

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n = 256*2;

Load an image $f_0$ of $N=n \times n$ pixels.

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f0 = load_image("NtToolBox/src/data/hibiscus.png", n);

Display it.

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Blurring is achieved using convolution: $$ f \star h(x) = \sum_y f(y-x) h(x) $$ where we assume periodic boundary condition.

This can be computed in $O(N\log(N))$ operations using the FFT, since $$ g = f \star h \qarrq \forall \om, \quad \hat g(\om) = \hat f(\om) \hat h(\om). $$

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cconv = (f, h) -> real(plan_ifft((plan_fft(f)*f).*(plan_fft(h)*h))*((plan_fft(f)*f).*(plan_fft(h)*h)));

Define a Gaussian blurring kernel of width $\si$: $$ h_\si(x) = \frac{1}{Z} e^{ -\frac{x_1^2+x_2^2}{2\si^2} }$$ where $Z$ ensure that $\hat h(0)=1$.

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# include("NtToolBox/src/ndgrid.jl")
t = [collect(0 : Base.div(n, 2)); collect(-Base.div(n, 2) + 1 : -1)]
(X2, X1) = meshgrid(t, t)
normalize = h -> h./sum(h)
h = sigma -> normalize(exp(-(X1.^2 + X2.^2)./(2*sigma^2)));

Define blurring operator.

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blur = (f, sigma) -> cconv(f, h(sigma));

Exercise 1

Test blurring with several blurring size $\si$.

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## Insert your code here.

Gradient Based Edge Detectiors

The simplest edge detectors only make use of the first order derivatives.

For continuous functions, the gradient reads $$ \nabla f(x) = \pa{ \pd{f(x)}{x_1}, \pd{f(x)}{x_2} } \in \RR^2. $$

We discretize this differential operator using first order finite differences. $$ (\nabla f)_i = ( f_{i_1,i_2}-f_{i_1-1,i_2}, f_{i_1,i_2}-f_{i_1,i_2-1} ) \in \RR^2. $$ Note that for simplity we use periodic boundary conditions.

Compute its gradient, using (here decentered) finite differences.

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s = [[n]; collect(1:n-1)]
nabla = f -> cat(3, f - f[s, :], f - f[:, s]);

One thus has $ \nabla : \RR^N \mapsto \RR^{N \times 2}. $

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v = nabla(f0);

One can display each of its components.

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figure(figsize = (10, 10))
imageplot(v[:,:,1], L"\frac{d}{dx}", [1,2,1])
imageplot(v[:,:,2], L"\frac{d}{dy}", [1,2,2]);

A simple edge detector is simply obtained by obtained the gradient magnitude of a smoothed image.

A very simple edge detector is obtained by simply thresholding the gradient magnitude above some $t>0$. The set $\Ee$ of edges is then $$ \Ee = \enscond{x}{ d_\si(x) \geq t } $$ where we have defined $$ d_\si(x) = \norm{\nabla f_\si(x)}, \qwhereq f_\si = f_0 \star h_\si. $$

Compute $d_\si$ for $\si=1$.

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sigma = 1
d = sqrt(sum(nabla(blur(f0, sigma)).^2, 3));

Display it.

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imageplot(d[:, :]);