An Efficient Rearrangement of Wavelet Packet Coefficients for Embedded Image Coding Based on SPIHT Algorithm

Tze-Yun SUNG
Hsi-Chin HSIN

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E90-A    No.9    pp.2014-2020
Publication Date: 2007/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e90-a.9.2014
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Digital Signal Processing
wavelet,  wavelet packet,  embedded coding,  SPIHT,  fingerprint,  

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In this paper, we propose an efficient method for rearranging the wavelet packet coefficients of an image to form hierarchical trees, by which the well known SPIHT algorithm can be applied. For images with textures, the high frequency wavelet coefficients are likely to become significant after several code passes of SPIHT, which degrades substantially the coding performance. As a result, the high frequency wavelet coefficients representing most of the high detail content of images need to be decomposed into wavelet packet coefficients for a further exploitation. The proposed rearrangement scheme has been applied to the highest frequency wavelet packet coefficients of images. Experimental results show that the performance of SPIHT can be improved, especially for fingerprint images.

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