The structure of images. (English) Zbl 0537.92011

In this paper it is shown that any image can be embedded in a one- parameter family of derived images (with resolution as the parameter) in essentially only one unique way if the constraint that no spurious detail should be generated when the resolution is diminished, is applied. The structure of this family is governed by the well known diffusion equation. As such the structure fits into existing theories that treat the front end of the visual system as a continuous stack of homogeneous layers, characterized by iterated local processing schemes.


92Cxx Physiological, cellular and medical topics
91E30 Psychophysics and psychophysiology; perception
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