The Gaussian scale-space paradigm and the multiscale local jet

Luc Florack, Bart M. ter Haar Romeny, Max A. Viergever, Jan J. Koenderink

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A representation of local image structure is proposed which takes into account both the image's spatial structure at a given location, as well as its deep structure, that is, its local behaviour as a function of scale or resolution (scale-space). This is of interest for several low-level image tasks. The proposed basis of scale-space, for example, enables a precise local study of interactions of neighbouring image intensities in the course of the blurring process. It also provides an extrapolation scheme for local image data, obtained at a given spatial location and resolution, to a finite scale-space neighbourhood. This is especially useful for the determination of sampling rates and for interpolation algorithms in a multilocal context. Another, particularly straightforward application is image enhancement or deblurring, which is an instance of data extrapolation in the high-resolution direction. A potentially interesting feature of the proposed local image parametrisation is that it captures a trade-off between spatial and scale extrapolations from a given interior point that do not exceed a given tolerance. This (rade-off suggests the possibility of a fairly coarse scale sampling at the expense of a dense spatial sampling large relative spatial overlap of scale-space kernels). The central concept developed in this paper is an equivalence class called the multiscale local jet, which is a hierarchical, local characterisation of the image in a full scale-space neighbourhood. For this local jet, a basis of fundamental polynomials is constructed that captures the scale-space paradigm at the local level up to any given order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-75
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Vision
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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