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B.Eng (Hons.) Mechatronics S. Venkannah Mechanical and Production Engineering Department The more prior information that is available to the segmentation process, the better the
segmentation results that can be obtained. Prior information affects segmentation algorithms; if
a large amount of prior information about the desired result is available, the boundary shape and
relations with other image structures are specified very strictly and the segmentation must satisfy
all these specifications. If little information about the boundary is known, the segmentation
method must take more local information about the image into consideration and combine it with
specific knowledge that is general for an application area.
The most common problems of edge-based segmentation are caused by image noise or
unsuitable information in an image;
an edge presence in locations where there is no border, and
no edge presence where a real border exists.
Edge image thresholding
Almost no zero-value pixels are present in an edge image, but small edge values correspond to
non-significant gray level changes resulting from quantization noise, small lighting irregularities,
etc. Simple thresholding of an edge image can be applied to remove these small values. The
approach is based on an image of edge magnitudes processed by an appropriate threshold.
Selection of an appropriate global threshold is often difficult and sometimes impossible; p-tile
thresholding can be applied to define a threshold
Alternatively, non-maximal suppression and hysteresis thresholding can be used as was
introduced in the Canny edge detector.
Borders resulting from the previous method are strongly affected by image noise, often with
important parts missing. Considering edge properties in the context of their mutual neighbors
can increase the quality of the resulting image. All the image properties, including those of
further edge existence, are iteratively evaluated with more precision until the edge context is
totally clear - based on the strength of edges in a specified local neighborhood, the confidence of
each edge is either increased...
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