Lossless coding of color images using color space transformations

Gilberto Zamora, Sunanda Mitra

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The key issue in the development of lossless compression techniques has been the manipulation of the image model from a probabilistic point of view in order to reduce the bit rates as represented by the entropy of such a model. In this respect arithmetic coding using adaptive models shows excellent performance and is easy to implement. On the other hand, many studies have been dedicated to find suitable ways to represent a color image based on the human visual response to color changes in magnitude, frequency and direction. Many of these studies have resulted in linear and nonlinear transformations of the well-known RGB and tristimulus color spaces that describe a color image in different planes, each of those being a function of illuminance and chrominance of each pixel. Application of lossless coding techniques to these transformed color planes, such as L*a*b*, has resulted in improved performances compared to those in RGB planes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 11th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems - Lubbock, TX, USA
Duration: Jun 12 1998Jun 14 1998


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