Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Image Processing, Oct. 7-10, 2001, vol. II, pp. 1073-1076, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Color Error Diffusion with Generalized Optimum Noise Shaping

Niranjan Damera-Venkata (1) and Brian L. Evans (2)

(1) Halftoning and Image Processing Group, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, 1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

(2) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science Building, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1084 USA

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We optimize the noise shaping behavior of color error diffusion by designing an optimized error filter based on a proposed noise shaping model for color error diffusion and a generalized linear spatially-invariant model of the human visual system. Our approach allows the error filter to have matrix-valued coefficients and diffuse quantization error across channels in an opponent color representation. Thus, the noise is shaped into frequency regions of reduced human color sensitivity. To obtain the optimal filter, we derive a matrix version of the Yule-Walker equations which we solve by using a gradient descent algorithm.

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