A reduced-complexity image coding scheme using decision-directed wavelet-based contourlet transform

Chao Hsiung Hung, Hsueh-Ming Hang*

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Recently the wavelet-based contourlet transform (WBCT) is adopted for image coding because it matches better image textures of different orientations. However, its computational complexity is very high. In this paper, we propose three tools to enhance the WBCT coding scheme, in particular, on reducing its computational complexity. First, we propose short-length 2-D filters for directional transform. Second, the directional transform is applied to only a few selected subbands and the selection is done by a mean-shift-based decision procedure. Third, we fine-tune the context tables used by the arithmetic coder in WBCT coding to improve coding efficiency and to reduce computation. Simulations show that, at comparable coded image quality, the proposed scheme saves over 92% computing time of the original WBCT scheme. Comparing to the conventional 2-D wavelet coding schemes, it produces clearly better subjective image quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1143
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Adaptive Directional Transform
  • Bit-plane coding
  • Computational complexity reduction
  • Contourlet transform
  • Directional filter bank
  • Directional transform
  • Image coding
  • Wavelet transform
  • Wavelet-based contourlet transform

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