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Averaging Overlapping Pixels in Sliding Window Operation

Asked by Royi Avital on 3 Oct 2014
Latest activity Edited by Royi Avital on 27 May 2017
I'm looking for an efficient way to average overlapping pixels which are result of sliding window operation.
To explain my self, imagine we have a 2D matrix (Image) - I. We operate a sliding window operation of window size of 5x5. Each window undergoes a transform, operation and then back.
Now, a certain pixel, I(i, j) appears in many windows (Actually 25).
I want to average all those 25 pixels (Same pixel just the result using different window).
This is for example a step in the BM3D algorithm.
Does anyone knows about efficient way to this in MATLAB?
The structure should be something like:
  1. Create the patches of the image (im2col can do that).
  2. Apply the operation in the patches.
  3. Average the same pixels from all patches it was involved in.
Thank You.

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Now, a certain pixel, I(i, j) appears in many windows (Actually 25).
I think you really mean a certain pixel (i,j). The notation I(i,j) would refer to a pixel value, not a pixel location.
I want to average all those 25 pixels (Same pixel just the result using different window).
Conversely, here, I think you mean 25 pixel values. If the pixel in question is the same pixel each time, there shouldn't be 25 of them. You're saying, I assume, that the same pixel location receives a different value from each of the 25 blocks that it belongs to.

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Answer by Matt J
on 3 Oct 2014
Edited by Matt J
on 3 Oct 2014
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Use accumarray(subs,val,[],@mean). I can't specify any further how to construct subs and val, because I don't know in what form your block data exists now. But basically "subs" will contain a list of the pixel positions and "val" the value associated with that pixel. You can have multiple occurrences of the same pixel location listed in subs each with a different val inherited from the different blocks.


Assume we have an Image I where [M, N] = size(I).
Moreover, the blocks of size [MM, MM] are result of blockMatrix = im2col(I, [MM, MM], 'sliding').
Does it answer your question?
Thank You.
subs = im2col(indices, [MM, MM], 'sliding');
vals = im2col(I, [MM, MM], 'sliding');
I will check it and report back.
You seem to be the vectorization prince in this forum :-).
Thank You.

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 3 Oct 2014

There can be 25 window locations that contain pixel at location (i,j). Each of those windows has one output value and is placed into an output image at different locations corresponding to the center of the window. To average those output values, you'd use imfilter() or conv2() operating on the output image (not the input image).


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That's a different explanation - now you're saying to average all 25 pixels in a single window centered around (i,j) and what you said before was to look at 25 different windows that contain pixel (i,j): "pixel I(i, j) appears in many windows (Actually 25)." Those are different things - different numbers of windows.
What you just described in your comment is simply the convolution!
output = conv2(double(grayImage), ones(5)/25, 'same');
No, I guess I wasn't clear.
Again, think of im2col([5, 5], 'sliding'). You get many patches of 5 x 5.
Lets say we do something on each patch. The result is the filtered patch.
Now, do you agree the same pixel in the original image is now filtered in 25 different patches?
Now, I want to aggregate all those and average them.
I have a hard time visualizing what im2col does(). What is your overall objective? To blur the image?

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Answer by Royi Avital on 27 May 2017
Edited by Royi Avital on 27 May 2017

Another option would be:
I = reshape(accumarray(mIdx(:), mZ(:), [(M * N), 1], @(x) mean(x)), [M, N]);
Where `mZ` is the result of Image To Column and `mIdx` is the result:
mI = im2col(reshape(1:(M * N), [M, N]), modeOfOperation);


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