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Computational Visual Media

Keywords

image denoising, low rank texture, total variation, convex optimization, augmented Lagrangian method

Abstract

This paper introduces a new low rank texture image denoising algorithm, which can restore low rank texture contaminated by both Gaussian and salt-and-pepper noise. The algorithm formulates texture image denoising in terms of solving a low rank matrix optimization problem. Simply assuming low rank is insufficient to describe the properties of natural images, causing high noise amplitudes which lead to unsatisfactory denoising results or serious loss of image details. Thus, in addition to the low rank assumption, the continuity of natural images is also assumed by the algorithm, by adding a total variation regularizer to the optimization objective function. We further give an effective algorithm to solve this optimization problem. By combining the low rank and continuity assumptions, the proposed algorithm overcomes the deficiencies of using either the low rank assumption or total variation regularization alone. Experiments show that our algorithm can effectively remove mixed noise in low rank texture images, and is better than existing algorithms in both its subjective visual effects and in terms of quantitative objective measures.

Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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