Equalization implies mapping one distribution (the given histogram) to another distribution (a wider and more uniform distribution of intensity values) so the. Histogram equalization is a technique for adjusting image intensities to enhance contrast. normalized histogram of f with a bin for each possible intensity. So. Histogram is a graphical representation of the intensity distribution of an image. In simple terms, it represents the number of pixels for each.

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As we can see on the previous image, we can get a fairly good segmentation of the image but because of the noise, we have a certain number of pixel that are associated to the wrong color.

Point Operations – Histogram Equalization

Cumulative distribution function should be replaced by “cumulative histogram”, especially since the article links to cumulative distribution function which is derived by dividing values in the cumulative histogram by the overall amount of pixels. The last part involving Gaussian mixture, allows us to determine the characteristics of a Gaussian noise in a image and based on the pdf to determine a value histogran threshold an image. Histogram equalization will work the best when applied to images with much histoggam color depth than palette size, like continuous data or bit gray-scale images.

In the above figure, X-axis represents the tonal scale black at the left and historgam at the rightand Histtogram represents the number yistogram pixels in an image. So to do that we can rely on the computation of the first derivative which will be minimum at a local minimum or maximum. But the contrast is quite the same, so equa,isation in this case really hard to judge the efficiency of the technique in that case.

So, to be able to model the two distributions, we need to know these parameters. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One of the method to do that is thresholding which consist in converting a gray-scale image into a binary image. Note that to scale values in the original data that are above 0 to the range 1 to L-1, inclusive, the above equation would instead be: We only used the raw Gaussian pdf.

In order to map the values back into their original range, the following simple transformation needs to be applied on the result:. We can see that the result of equalization is here a compression of few levels of the histogram.


To call the function, you need to use the following prototype and parameters: Scaling from 1 to preserves the non-zero-ness of the minimum value. Also histogram equalization can produce undesirable effects like visible image gradient when applied to images with low color depth.

In most cases palette change is better as it preserves the original data. To do so we are going to look for a point where the difference between the two curves is really small and this point will be the place where both curves meet and it will be our threshold.

As we can see on the previous figure, if we compare the two eqalisation we can see that the contrast of the image has clearly been enhanced by performing equalization. The idea here is to get only the bone so the risk if we take it to low is to get the skin which also appears white.

So this is why the result doesn’t seem to be changed a lot and the contrast stays quite the same. We worked on histograms which are the best tool to understand the distribution of an image intensities. Which could encode different colors. The processing of histogram equalization relies on the use of the cumulative probability function cdf.

The idea of this processing is to give to the resulting image a linear cumulative distribution function. This is the same idea for the standard deviation, we compute it for each column and then we average it to have an average standard deviation. The probability of an occurrence of a pixel of level i in the image is. To do so, we will need to perform as a first step the computation of the histogram of our input image. Venetsanopoulos, ” Color image enhancement through 3-D histogram equalization ,” in Proc.

Histogram Equalization

To determine them, we are going to consider some patches in the image where we compute the mean and the standard deviation. A color histogram of an image represents the number of pixels in each type of color component. But if the histogram is already distributed over almost the whole range of intensities, equalization will not be as effective because the stretch is not going to be as strong so it’s not going to change a lot the intensity distribution. This last image is a quite different from the others and I didn’t present it before.

Another interesting thing to test is the opposite thing of what we want.

The only thing we can say is that the resulting cdf is no longer linear, which could be explained by the two “dirac” a 0 and which are probably influencing the whole thing. So we are considering only the range of values between 50 and The normalization will give to our histogra, the properties of a probability density function.


Each equalixation can be decomposed into three different layers according to the three color channels encoded: Finally, the last operation to perform is to give to the pixel of the new image the associated new gray level.

Histogram Equalization – Towards Data Science

A digital image can be acquired with a great number of different devices such as a camera, an MRI machine or any kind of device with a sensor able to capture light intensity. To do so, we are going to loop on the normalized distribution and add up each time a new probability according to the formula given in section IIIB of the theoretical section.

So all the code I’m going to present here is using matlab programing language syntax. This page was last edited on 18 Mayat We could discuss the choice of considering all values inferior or equal to the threshold but in this case it’s not a very influencing factor. We developed a function that is taking as input a 2 dimension array a digital image containing for each pixel an associated intensity value. This allows for areas of lower local contrast to gain a higher contrast. As we did before, we are going to select small patches in the image to get the mean and the standard deviation.

To do so, we are going to multiply the cdf by the range of values.

It is therefore suitable for improving the local contrast and enhancing the definitions of edges in each region of an image. To conclude this first project, we can say that we had the opportunity to implement the basic functions of Image Processing. So in theory, if the histogram equalization function is known, then the original histogram can be recovered. In this case we can clearly see that some pixels are considered bright while they are dark and vice versa. To do so we are going to use the same pipeline of equalization as before except that the resulting image is going to be a linear blending of the original image and the equalized one according to the following formula:.