2-D Stationary Wavelet Transform

This section takes you through the features of 2-D discrete stationary wavelet analysis using the Wavelet Toolbox™ software.

Analysis-Decomposition Function

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Synthesis-Reconstruction Function

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The stationary wavelet decomposition structure is more tractable than the wavelet one. So, the utilities useful for the wavelet case are not necessary for the Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT).

In this section, you'll learn to

  • Load an image

  • Analyze an image

  • Perform single-level and multilevel image decompositions and reconstructions (command line only)

  • denoise an image

2-D Analysis Using the Command Line

In this example, we'll show how you can use 2-D stationary wavelet analysis to denoise an image.


Instead of using image(I) to visualize the image I, we use image(wcodemat(I)), which displays a rescaled version of I leading to a clearer presentation of the details and approximations (see the wcodemat reference page).

This example involves a image containing noise.

  1. Load an image.

    From the MATLAB® prompt, type

    load noiswom 
    X96x9673728double array
    map255x36120double array

    For the SWT, if a decomposition at level k is needed, 2^k must divide evenly into size(X,1) and size(X,2). If your original image is not of correct size, you can use the Image Extension Wavelet Analyzer app tool or the function wextend to extend it.

  2. Perform a single-level Stationary Wavelet Decomposition.

    Perform a single-level decomposition of the image using the db1 wavelet. Type

    [swa,swh,swv,swd] = swt2(X,1,'db1');

    This generates the coefficients matrices of the level-one approximation (swa) and horizontal, vertical and diagonal details (swh, swv, and swd, respectively). Both are of size-the-image size. Type

    X96x9673728double array
    map255x36120double array
    swa96x9673728double array
    swh96x9673728double array
    swv96x9673728double array
    swd96x9673728double array
  3. Display the coefficients of approximation and details.

    To display the coefficients of approximation and details at level 1, type

    map = pink(size(map,1)); colormap(map) 
    subplot(2,2,1), image(wcodemat(swa,192));
    title('Approximation swa') 
    subplot(2,2,2), image(wcodemat(swh,192));
    title('Horiz. Detail swh') 
    subplot(2,2,3), image(wcodemat(swv,192));
    title('Vertical Detail swv') 
    subplot(2,2,4), image(wcodemat(swd,192));
    title('Diag. Detail swd');

  4. Regenerate the image by Inverse Stationary Wavelet Transform.

    To find the inverse transform, type

    A0 = iswt2(swa,swh,swv,swd,'db1');

    To check the perfect reconstruction, type

    err = max(max(abs(X-A0)))
    err =
  5. Construct and display approximation and details from the coefficients.

    To construct the level 1 approximation and details (A1, H1, V1 and D1) from the coefficients swa, swh, swv and swd, type

    nulcfs = zeros(size(swa));
    A1 = iswt2(swa,nulcfs,nulcfs,nulcfs,'db1');  
    H1 = iswt2(nulcfs,swh,nulcfs,nulcfs,'db1');
    V1 = iswt2(nulcfs,nulcfs,swv,nulcfs,'db1'); 
    D1 = iswt2(nulcfs,nulcfs,nulcfs,swd,'db1');

    To display the approximation and details at level 1, type

    subplot(2,2,1), image(wcodemat(A1,192)); 
    title('Approximation A1')
    subplot(2,2,2), image(wcodemat(H1,192)); 
    title('Horiz. Detail H1')
    subplot(2,2,3), image(wcodemat(V1,192)); 
    title('Vertical Detail V1')
    subplot(2,2,4), image(wcodemat(D1,192)); 
    title('Diag. Detail D1')

  6. Perform a multilevel Stationary Wavelet Decomposition.

    To perform a decomposition at level 3 of the image (again using the db1 wavelet), type

    [swa,swh,swv,swd] = swt2(X,3,'db1');

    This generates the coefficients of the approximations at levels 1, 2, and 3 (swa) and the coefficients of the details (swh, swv and swd). Observe that the matrices swa(:,:,i), swh(:,:,i), swv(:,:,i), and swd(:,:,i) for a given level i are of size-the-image size. Type

    clear A0 A1 D1 H1 V1 err nulcfs 
    X96x9673728double array
    map255x36120double array
    swa96x96x3221184double array
    swh96x96x3221184double array
    swv96x96x3221184double array
    swd96x96x3221184double array
  7. Display the coefficients of approximations and details.

    To display the coefficients of approximations and details, type

    kp = 0; 
    for i = 1:3
        subplot(3,4,kp+1), image(wcodemat(swa(:,:,i),192));
        title(['Approx. cfs level ',num2str(i)])
        subplot(3,4,kp+2), image(wcodemat(swh(:,:,i),192));
        title(['Horiz. Det. cfs level ',num2str(i)]) 
        subplot(3,4,kp+3), image(wcodemat(swv(:,:,i),192));
        title(['Vert. Det. cfs level ',num2str(i)]) 
        subplot(3,4,kp+4), image(wcodemat(swd(:,:,i),192)); 
        title(['Diag. Det. cfs level ',num2str(i)])
        kp = kp + 4; 
  8. Reconstruct approximation at Level 3 and details from coefficients.

    To reconstruct the approximation at level 3, type

    mzero = zeros(size(swd)); 
    A = mzero; 
    A(:,:,3) = iswt2(swa,mzero,mzero,mzero,'db1');

    To reconstruct the details at levels 1, 2 and 3, type

    H = mzero; V = mzero; 
    D = mzero; 
    for i = 1:3
        swcfs = mzero; swcfs(:,:,i) = swh(:,:,i); 
        H(:,:,i) = iswt2(mzero,swcfs,mzero,mzero,'db1');
        swcfs = mzero; swcfs(:,:,i) = swv(:,:,i); 
        V(:,:,i) = iswt2(mzero,mzero,swcfs,mzero,'db1');
        swcfs = mzero; swcfs(:,:,i) = swd(:,:,i); 
        D(:,:,i) = iswt2(mzero,mzero,mzero,swcfs,'db1');
  9. Reconstruct and display approximations at Levels 1, 2 from approximation at Level 3 and details at Levels 1, 2, and 3.

    To reconstruct the approximations at levels 2 and 3, type

    A(:,:,2) = A(:,:,3) + H(:,:,3) + V(:,:,3) + D(:,:,3); 
    A(:,:,1) = A(:,:,2) + H(:,:,2) + V(:,:,2) + D(:,:,2);

    To display the approximations and details at levels 1, 2, and 3, type

    kp = 0; 
    for i = 1:3 
        subplot(3,4,kp+1), image(wcodemat(A(:,:,i),192));
        title(['Approx. level ',num2str(i)]) 
        subplot(3,4,kp+2), image(wcodemat(H(:,:,i),192));
        title(['Horiz. Det. level ',num2str(i)]) 
        subplot(3,4,kp+3), image(wcodemat(V(:,:,i),192)); 
        title(['Vert. Det. level ',num2str(i)])
        subplot(3,4,kp+4), image(wcodemat(D(:,:,i),192)); 
        title(['Diag. Det. level ',num2str(i)]) 
        kp = kp + 4; 
  10. Remove noise by thresholding.

    To denoise an image, use the threshold value we find using the Wavelet Analyzer app tool (see the next section), use the wthresh command to perform the actual thresholding of the detail coefficients, and then use the iswt2 command to obtain the denoised image.

    thr = 44.5; 
    sorh = 's'; dswh = wthresh(swh,sorh,thr); 
    dswv = wthresh(swv,sorh,thr);
    dswd = wthresh(swd,sorh,thr); 
    clean = iswt2(swa,dswh,dswv,dswd,'db1');

    To display both the original and denoised images, type

    subplot(1,2,1), image(wcodemat(X,192)); 
    title('Original image') 
    subplot(1,2,2), image(wcodemat(clean,192)); 
    title('denoised image')

    A second syntax can be used for the swt2 and iswt2 functions, giving the same results:

    lev= 4; 
    swc = swt2(X,lev,'db1'); 
    swcden = swc; 
    swcden(:,:,1:end-1) =
    clean = iswt2(swcden,'db1');

    You obtain the same plot by using the plot commands in step 9 above.

Interactive 2-D Stationary Wavelet Transform Denoising

In this section, we explore a strategy for denoising images based on the 2-D stationary wavelet analysis using the Wavelet Analyzer app. The basic idea is to average many slightly different discrete wavelet analyses.

  1. Start the Stationary Wavelet Transform Denoising 2-D Tool.

    From the MATLAB prompt, type waveletAnalyzer.

    The Wavelet Analyzer appears:

    Click the SWT Denoising 2-D menu item.

  2. Load data.

    At the MATLAB command prompt, type

    load noiswom
    In the SWT Denoising 2-D tool, select File > Import Image from Workspace. When the Import from Workspace dialog box appears, select the X variable. Click OK to import the image.

  3. Perform a Stationary Wavelet Decomposition.

    Select the haar wavelet from the Wavelet menu, select 4 from the Level menu, and then click the Decompose Image button.

    The tool displays the histograms of the stationary wavelet detail coefficients of the image on the left of the window. These histograms are organized as follows:

    • From the bottom for level 1 to the top for level 4

    • On the left horizontal coefficients, in the middle diagonal coefficients, and on the right vertical coefficients

  4. Denoise the image using the Stationary Wavelet Transform.

    While a number of options are available for fine-tuning the denoising algorithm, we'll accept the defaults of fixed form soft thresholding and unscaled white noise. The sliders located to the right of the window control the level dependent thresholds indicated by the dashed lines running vertically through the histograms of the coefficients on the left of the window. Click the Denoise button.

    The result seems to be oversmoothed and the selected thresholds too aggressive. Nevertheless, the histogram of the residuals is quite good since it is close to a Gaussian distribution, which is the noise introduced to produce the analyzed image noiswom.mat from a piece of the original image woman.mat.

  5. Selecting a thresholding method.

    From the Select thresholding method menu, choose the Penalize low item. The associated default for the thresholding mode is automatically set to hard; accept it. Use the Sparsity slider to adjust the threshold value close to 45.5, and then click the denoise button.

    The result is quite satisfactory, although it is possible to improve it slightly.

    Select the sym6 wavelet and click the Decompose Image button. Use the Sparsity slider to adjust the threshold value close to 40.44, and then click the denoise button.

Importing and Exporting Information from the Wavelet Analyzer App

The tool lets you save the denoised image to disk. The toolbox creates a MAT-file in the current folder with a name you choose.

To save the denoised image from the present denoising process, use the menu File > Save denoised Image. A dialog box appears that lets you specify a folder and filename for storing the image. Type the name dnoiswom. After saving the image data to the file dnoiswom.mat, load the variables into your workspace:

load dnoiswom 
X96x9673728double array
map255x36120double array
valTHR3x496double array
wname1x48char array

The denoised image is X and map is the colormap. In addition, the parameters of the denoising process are available. The wavelet name is contained in wname, and the level dependent thresholds are encoded in valTHR. The variable valTHR has four columns (the level of the decomposition) and three rows (one for each detail orientation).