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A technique, specifically apparatus and an accompanying method, for accurately thresholding an image based on local image properties, specifically luminance variations, and particularly such a technique that uses multi-windowing for providing enhanced immunity to image noise and lessened boundary artifacts. Specifically, a localized intensity gradient, G(i,j), is determined for a pre-defined window (300) centered about each image pixel (i, j ) . Localized minimum and maximum pixel intensity measures, L.sub.min and L.sub.max, respectively, are also determined for another, though larger, window (330) centered about pixel (i,j). Also, a localized area gradient measure, GS(i,j), is determined as a sum of individual intensity gradients for a matrix of pixel positions (370) centered about pixel position (i,j). Each image pixel (i,j) is then classified as being an object pixel, i.e., black, or a background pixel, i.e., white, based upon its area gradient, GS (i,j), and associated L.sub.min and L.sub.max measures.

Title
Multi-windowing technique for thresholding an image using local image properties
Application Number
8/338051
Publication Number
5583659
Application Date
November 10, 1994
Publication Date
December 10, 1996
Inventor
Peter Rudak
Hilton
NY, US
Joseph M Basile
Ontario
NY, US
Yongchun Lee
Rochester
NY, US
Agent
Milton S Sales and Stanger Michaelson Spivak and Wallace
Assignee
Eastman Kodak Company
NY, US
IPC
H04N 1/40
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