2 February 2011 A cross-based filter for fast edge-preserving smoothing
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In this paper, we present a local adaptive filter for fast edge-preserving smoothing, a so-called cross-based filter. The filter is mainly built on upright crosses and captures the local image structures adaptively. The cross-based filter has some resemblance with the classic bilateral filter, when binarizing the support weight and imposing a spatial connectivity constraint. For edge-preserving smoothing, our cross-based filter is capable of reaching similar performance as bilateral filter, while being dozens of times faster. The proposed filter can be applied in near-constant time, using the integral images technique. In addition, the cross-based filter is highly parallel and suitable for parallel computing platforms, e.g. GPUs. The strength of the proposed filter is illustrated in several applications, i.e. denoising and image abstraction.
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Ke Zhang, Jiangbo Lu, Gauthier Lafruit, Rudy Lauwereins, Luc Van Gool, "A cross-based filter for fast edge-preserving smoothing", Proc. SPIE 7871, Real-Time Image and Video Processing 2011, 78710H (2 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872454; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.872454

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