Multilevel segmentation in digital images

Erik Cuevas, Valentín Osuna, Diego Oliva

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Segmentation is used to divide an image into separate regions, which in fact correspond to different real-world objects. One interesting functional criterion for segmentation is the Tsallis entropy (TE), which gives excellent results in bi-level thresholding. However, when it is applied to multilevel thresholding (MT), its evaluation becomes computationally expensive, since each threshold point adds restrictions, multimodality and complexity to its functional formulation. In this chapter, a new algorithm for multilevel segmentation based on the Electromagnetism-Like algorithm (EMO) is presented. In the approach, the EMO algorithm is used to find the optimal threshold values by maximizing the Tsallis entropy. Experimental results over several images demonstrate that the proposed approach is able to improve the convergence velocity, compared with similar methods such as Cuckoo search, and Particle Swarm Optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-33
Number of pages25
JournalStudies in Computational Intelligence
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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