Image Approximation with Fourier and Wavelets

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This numerical tour overviews the use of Fourier and wavelets for image approximation.

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Note: to measure the error of an image $f$ with its approximation $f_M$, we use the SNR measure, defined as

$$ \text{SNR}(f,f_M) = -20\log_{10} \pa{ \frac{ \norm{f-f_M} }{ \norm{f} } }, $$

which is a quantity expressed in decibels (dB). The higer the SNR, the better the quality.

Image Loading and Displaying

First we load an image $ f \in \RR^N $ of $ N = N_0 \times N_0 $ pixels.

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n = 512
f = load_image("nt_toolbox/data/lena.png", n)

Display the original image.

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options(repr.plot.width=4, repr.plot.height=4)
imageplot(f, 'Image f')

Display a zoom in the middle.

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imageplot(f[c(((n/2) - 32):((n/2) + 32)), c(((n/2) - 32):((n/2) + 32))], 'Zoom')

An image is a 2D array, it can be modified as a matrix.

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options(repr.plot.width=5, repr.plot.height=5)
imageplot(-f, '-f', c(1, 2, 1))
imageplot(f[dim(f)[1]:1,], 'Flipped', c(1, 2, 2))

Blurring is achieved by computing a convolution $f \star h$ with a kernel $h$.

Compute the low pass kernel.

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k = 9
h = matrix(1, k, k)
h = h / sum(h) #normalize

Compute the convolution $f \star h$.

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fh = convolution(f[,], h)


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imageplot(fh, 'Blurred image')

Fourier Transform

The Fourier orthonormal basis is defined as $$ \psi_m(k) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{N}}e^{\frac{2i\pi}{N_0} \dotp{m}{k} } $$ where $0 \leq k_1,k_2 < N_0$ are position indexes, and $0 \leq m_1,m_2 < N_0$ are frequency indexes.

The Fourier transform $\hat f$ is the projection of the image on this Fourier basis

$$ \hat f(m) = \dotp{f}{\psi_m}. $$

The Fourier transform is computed in $ O(N \log(N)) $ operation using the FFT algorithm (Fast Fourier Transform). Note the normalization by $\sqrt{N}=N_0$ to make the transform orthonormal.

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F = fft(f[,]) / n

We check this conservation of the energy.

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print(paste("Energy of Image: ", toString(norm(f[,]))))
print(paste("Energy of Fourier: ", toString(norm(Mod(F[,])))))
[1] "Energy of Image:  279.584762635359"
[1] "Energy of Fourier:  279.584762635359"

Compute the logarithm of the Fourier magnitude $ \log\left(\abs{\hat f(m)} + \epsilon\right) $, for some small $\epsilon$.

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L = fftshift(log(Mod(F) + 1e-1))

Display. Note that we use the function fftshift to put the 0 low frequency in the middle.

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imageplot(L, 'Log(Fourier transform)')

Linear Fourier Approximation

An approximation is obtained by retaining a certain set of index $I_M$

$$ f_M = \sum_{ m \in I_M } \dotp{f}{\psi_m} \psi_m. $$

Linear approximation is obtained by retaining a fixed set $I_M$ of $M = \abs{I_M}$ coefficients. The important point is that $I_M$ does not depend on the image $f$ to be approximated.

For the Fourier transform, a low pass linear approximation is obtained by keeping only the frequencies within a square.

$$ I_M = \enscond{m=(m_1,m_2)}{ -q/2 \leq m_1,m_2 < q/2 } $$

where $ q = \sqrt{M} $.

This can be achieved by computing the Fourier transform, setting to zero the $N-M$ coefficients outside the square $I_M$ and then inverting the Fourier transform.

Number $M$ of kept coefficients.

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M = n**2 / 64

Exercise 1

Perform the linear Fourier approximation with $M$ coefficients. Store the result in the variable $f_M$.

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Compare two 1D profile (lines of the image). This shows the strong ringing artifact of the linea approximation.

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Non-linear Fourier Approximation

Non-linear approximation is obtained by keeping the $M$ largest coefficients. This is equivalently computed using a thresholding of the coefficients $$ I_M = \enscond{m}{ \abs{\dotp{f}{\psi_m}}>T }. $$

Set a threshold $T>0$.

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T = 0.2

Compute the Fourier transform.

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F = fft(f) / n

Do the hard thresholding.

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FT = F * (abs(F) > T)

Display. Note that we use the function fftshift to put the 0 low frequency in the middle.

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L = fftshift(log(abs(FT[,]) + 1e-1))
imageplot(L, 'thresholded Log(Fourier transform)')

Inverse Fourier transform to obtain $f_M$.

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fM = Re(fft(FT, inverse=TRUE) * n)
# Normalize to 0-1
fM = (fM-min(fM))/(max(fM)-min(fM))


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imageplot(fM, paste("Non - Linear, Fourier, SNR = ",  round(snr(f, fM), 1), "dB"))

Given a $T$, the number of coefficients is obtained by counting the non-thresholded coefficients $ \abs{I_M} $.

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m = sum(FT != 0)
print(paste("M/N = 1 /",as.integer(n**2/m)))
[1] "M/N = 1 / 30"

Exercise 2

Compute the value of the threshold $T$ so that the number of coefficients is $M$. Display the corresponding approximation $f_M$.

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Wavelet Transform

A wavelet basis $ \Bb = \{ \psi_m \}_m $ is obtained over the continuous domain by translating and dilating three mother wavelet functions $ \{\psi^V,\psi^H,\psi^D\} $.

Each wavelet atom is defined as $$ \psi_m(x) = \psi_{j,n}^k(x) = \frac{1}{2^j}\psi^k\pa{ \frac{x-2^j n}{2^j} } $$

The scale (size of the support) is $2^j$ and the position is $2^j(n_1,n_2)$. The index is $ m=(k,j,n) $ for $\{ j \leq 0 \}$.

The wavelet transform computes all the inner products $ \{ \dotp{f}{\psi_{j,n}^k} \}_{k,j,n} $.

Set the minimum scale for the transform to be 0.

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Jmin = 0

Perform the wavelet transform, $f_w$ stores all the wavelet coefficients.

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fw = perform_wavelet_transf(f, Jmin + 1, 1)

Display the transformed coefficients.

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options(repr.plot.width=6, repr.plot.height=6)
title(main="Wavelet coefficients")