Detection of tampering by image resizing using local Tchebichef moments

Dengyong Zhang, Shanshan Wang, Jin Wang, Arun Kumar Sangaiah, Feng Li, Victor S. Sheng

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There are many image resizing techniques, which include scaling, scale-and-stretch, seam carving, and so on. They have their own advantages and are suitable for different application scenarios. Therefore, a universal detection of tampering by image resizing is more practical. By preliminary experiments, we found that no matter which image resizing technique is adopted, it will destroy local texture and spatial correlations among adjacent pixels to some extent. Due to the excellent performance of local Tchebichef moments (LTM) in texture classification, we are motivated to present a detection method of tampering by image resizing using LTM in this paper. The tampered images are obtained by removing the pixels from original images using image resizing (scaling, scale-and-stretch and seam carving). Firstly, the residual is obtained by image pre-processing. Then, the histogram features of LTM are extracted from the residual. Finally, an error-correcting output code strategy is adopted by ensemble learning, which turns a multi-class classification problem into binary classification sub-problems. Experimental results show that the proposed approach can obtain an acceptable detection accuracies for the three content-aware image re-targeting techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3007
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number15
StatePublished - 2019


  • Image resizing
  • Local Tchebichef moments (LTM)
  • Scale-and-stretch
  • Scaling
  • Seam carving


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