Fuzzy approaches for colour image palette selection

Gerald Schaefer, Huiyu Zhou

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    Colour quantisation algorithms are used to display true colour images using a limited palette of distinct colours. The choice of a good colour palette is crucial as it directly determines the quality of the resulting image. Colour quantisation can also be seen as a clustering problem where the task is to identify those clusters that best represent the colours in an image. In this paper we investigate the performance of various fuzzy c-means clustering algorithms for colour quantisation of images. In particular, we use conventional fuzzy c-means as well as some more efficient variants thereof, namely fast fuzzy c-means with random sampling, fast generalised fuzzy c-means, and anisotropic mean shift based fuzzy c-means algorithm. Experimental results show that fuzzy c-means performs significantly better than other, purpose built colour quantisation algorithms, and also confirm that the fast fuzzy clustering algorithms provide quantisation results similar to the full conventional fuzzy c-means approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Intelligent and Soft Computing
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9783540896180
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent and Soft Computing
    ISSN (Print)18675662


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