A New Method for Quantifying the Response of Filters at Corners

Mark A. Schulze and John A. Pearce

The University of Texas at Austin

Presented at the SPIE Conference on Nonlinear Image Processing V

San Jose, California
6-10 February 1994


Complete reference:
M. A. Schulze and J. A. Pearce. "A new method for quantifying the response of filters at corners." In E. R. Dougherty, J. Astola, and H. Longbotham, eds., Nonlinear Image Processing V. Proc. SPIE, v. 2180 (1994) pp. 78-89. (San Jose, California, Feb. 6-10, 1994.)

Although the edge response of nonlinear filters has been the topic of much research, the behavior of many filters at two-dimensional structures such as sharp corners is not as well understood. We introduce a new technique that defines the response of a two-dimensional filter at corners of any angle. The response measure may be expressed either as fractional preservation or as an attenuation in decibels. Plotting the response measure in polar form illustrates the corner response of a filter both intuitively and quantitatively. The corner response may be computed for a particular size and shape of filter window on a discrete lattice, or may be determined in continuous space for a filter with a specific window shape. The continuous space response measure gives the response of the filter to corners in general, and usually corresponds closely with that determined for the filter on a discrete lattice. The corner responses of several widely used filters (median, averaging, and morphological) are compared.

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