Lossless-by-Lossy Coding for Scalable Lossless Image Compression

Hisakazu KIKUCHI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E91-A    No.11    pp.3356-3364
Publication Date: 2008/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e91-a.11.3356
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image
image compression,  lossless compression,  scalable coding,  embedded coding,  wavelet transform,  context modeling,  

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This paper presents a method of scalable lossless image compression by means of lossy coding. A progressive decoding capability and a full decoding for the lossless rendition are equipped with the losslessly encoded bit stream. Embedded coding is applied to large-amplitude coefficients in a wavelet transform domain. The other wavelet coefficients are encoded by a context-based entropy coding. The proposed method slightly outperforms JPEG-LS in lossless compression. Its rate-distortion performance with respect to progressive decoding is close to that of JPEG2000. The spatial scalability with respect to resolution is also available.