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NOISE REDUCTION BY USING FUZZY IMAGE FILTERING

ABSTRACT The existing system available for fuzzy filters for noise reduction deals with fat-tailed noise like impulse noise and median filter. Only impulse noise reduction uses fuzzy filters. Gaussian noise is not specially concentrated; it does not distinguish local variation due to noise and due to image structure. The proposed system presents a new technique for filtering narrow-tailed and medium narrow-tailed noise by a fuzzy filter. The system first estimates a “fuzzy derivative” in order to be less sensitive to local variations due to image structures such as edges. Second, the membership functions are adapted accordingly to the noise level to perform “fuzzy smoothing.” A new fuzzy filter is presented for the noise reduction of images corrupted with additive noise. The filter consists of two stages. The first stage computes a fuzzy derivative for eight different directions. The second stage uses these fuzzy derivatives to perform fuzzy smoothing by weighting the contributions of neighboring pixel values. Both stages are based on fuzzy rules which make use of membership functions. The filter can be applied iteratively and effectively reduce heavy noise. In particular, the shape of the membership functions is adapted according to the remaining noise level after each iteration, making use of the distribution of the homogeneity in the image. A statistical model for the noise distribution can be incorporated to relate the homogeneity to the adaptation scheme of the membership functions. Experimental results are obtained to show the feasibility of the proposed approach. These results are also compared to other filters by numerical measures and visual inspection. Keywords: AFuzzy sets, Fuzzy filters, Fuzzy smoothing, Fuzzy derivative

1. INTRODUCTION
The application of fuzzy techniques in image processing is a promising research field. Fuzzy techniques have already been applied in several domains of image processing (e.g., filtering, interpolation, and morphology), and have numerous practical applications (e.g., in industrial and medical image processing). In this project, we will focus on fuzzy techniques for image filtering. Already several fuzzy filters for noise reduction have been developed, e.g., the well-known FIRE-filter from, the weighted fuzzy mean filter from, and the iterative fuzzy control based filter from. Most fuzzy techniques in image noise reduction mainly deal with fattailed noise like impulse noise. These fuzzy filters are able to outperform rank-order filter schemes (such as the median filter). Nevertheless, most fuzzy techniques are not specifically designed for Gaussian (-like) noise or do not produce convincing results when applied to handle this type of noise.

Therefore, this paper presents a new technique for filtering, narrow-tailed and medium narrow-tailed noise by a fuzzy filter. Two important features are presented: first, the filter estimates a “fuzzy derivative” in order to be less sensitive to local variations due to image structures such as edges; second, the membership functions are adapted accordingly to the noise level to perform “fuzzy smoothing.” For each pixel that is processed, the first stage computes a fuzzy derivative. Second, a set of 16 fuzzy rules is fired to determine a correction term. These rules make use of the fuzzy derivative as input. Fuzzy sets are employed to represent the properties and while the membership functions are fixed, the membership functions are adapted after each iteration. The adaptation scheme is extensive and can be combined with a statistical model for the noise. The result of this method can be compared with those obtained by other filters.

2. FUZZY RULES

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ISSN: 1817-3195 / E-ISSN: 1992-8615

Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology , Islamabad PAKISTAN 31st May 2010. Vol.15. No.2. © 2005-2010 JATIT. All rights reserved

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