This paper presents a new switching filter consisting of three steps to restore color images corrupted by impulse noise. Firstly, Laplacian convolution is performed on pixels in four directions to mark the pixels which are radically different in value from neighboring pixels as noise candidates. Secondly, those missed neighboring pixels involved in the step of pixels grouping decrease the occurrence of false detection. Pixels in the observation window are separated into noisy pixels and normal pixels with a dividing threshold, whose value is assigned according to a noise density estimator. Finally, a modified arithmetic mean filter is applied to restore the polluted image. Extensive experiments show that the proposed method achieves better performance than comparative methods in terms of peak-signal-to-noise ratio and structural similarity. The proposed method can effectively remove impulse noise in which noise density is varying from 10 to 80%.
"Signal, Image and Video Processing" – Springer Journals
Published: May 30, 2018
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