A Multivariate Thresholding Technique for Image Denoising Using Multiwavelets
© Bala and Ertüzün 2005
Received: 20 January 2004
Published: 31 May 2005
Multiwavelets, wavelets with several scaling functions, offer simultaneous orthogonality, symmetry, and short support, which is not possible with ordinary (scalar) wavelets. These properties make multiwavelets promising for signal processing applications, such as image denoising. The common approach for image denoising is to get the multiwavelet decomposition of a noisy image and apply a common threshold to each coefficient separately. This approach does not generally give sufficient performance. In this paper, we propose a multivariate thresholding technique for image denoising with multiwavelets. The proposed technique is based on the idea of restoring the spatial dependence of the pixels of the noisy image that has undergone a multiwavelet decomposition. Coefficients with high correlation are regarded as elements of a vector and are subject to a common thresholding operation. Simulations with several multiwavelets illustrate that the proposed technique results in a better performance.