Learning a Generic Adaptive Wavelet Shrinkage Function for Denoising

10/21/2019
by   Tobias Alt, et al.
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The rise of machine learning in image processing has created a gap between trainable data-driven and classical model-driven approaches: While learning-based models often show superior performance, classical ones are often more transparent. To reduce this gap, we introduce a generic wavelet shrinkage function for denoising which is adaptive to both the wavelet scales as well as the noise standard deviation. It is inferred from trained results of a tightly parametrised function which is inherited from nonlinear diffusion. Our proposed shrinkage function is smooth and compact while only using two parameters. In contrast to many existing shrinkage functions, it is able to enhance image structures by amplifying wavelet coefficients. Experiments show that it outperforms classical shrinkage functions by a significant margin.

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