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Image compression using wavelets and JPEG2000: a tutorial by S. Lawson and J. Zhu The demand for higher and higher quality images transmitted quickly over the Internet has led to a strong need to develop better algorithms for the filtering and coding of such images. The introduction of the JPEGZOOO compression standard has meant that for the first time the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is to be used for the decomposition and reconstruction of images together with an efficient coding scheme. The use of wavelets implies the use of subband coding in which the image is iteratively decomposed into high- and low-frequency bands. Thus there is a need for filter pairs at both the analysis and synthesis stages. This paper aims in tutorial form to introduce the DWT, to illustrate its link with filters and filterbanks and to illustrate how it may be used as part of an image coding algorithm. It concludes with a look at the qualitative differences between images coded using JPEGZOOO and those coded using the existing JPEG standard. 1 Introduction In the 7 years.since the publication in this journal of a paper on wavelets by Bentley and McDonnell', there have been many developments in the area of wavelets, particularly in their applications. This paper presents a tutorial on the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and introduces its application to the new JPEG2000* image compression standard. We start by showing how, from a one-dimensional low- pass and high-pass filter pair, a two-dimensional transform can be developed that turns out to be a discrete wavelet transform. The article will look at how the four subbands generated by the DWT can be interpreted and will review the various ways of processing the image data at each stage of the transform. The next topic will be the use of compression algorithms that act on the DWI' output (the 'wavelet coefficients'), e.g. SPIHT, EZW and EBCOT. The discussion will look particularly at the EZW algorithm and its essential features. Examples will be given showing the effects of decomposition, quantisation, coding and then reconstruction of images. Section 6 looks at the emerging international standard JPEG2000 and how it improves compression quality when compared with JPEG. Bentley and McDonnell's paper discussed both continuous and discrete wavelets. There are applications for which continuous wavelets are the natural choice, e.g. in sonar or radar signal detection where we need *A new image compression standard from the ITU's Joint Photographic Experts Group commiltee. See http.// information about range'. Here, however, we will only discuss discrete wavelets. Our journey will begin with filters, in particular with a pair of finite-impulse response (FIR) filters, for with these we can construct a module that may be used any number of times to construct a filterbank.
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