Improved image denoising via RAISR with fewer filters

Theingi Zin, Yusuke Nakahara, Takuro Yamaguchi, Masaaki Ikehara

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In recent years, accurate Gaussian noise removal has attracted considerable attention for mobile applications, as in smart phones. Accurate conventional denoising methods have the potential ability to improve denoising performance with no additional time. Therefore, we propose a rapid post-processing method for Gaussian noise removal in this paper. Block matching and 3D filtering and weighted nuclear norm minimization are utilized to suppress noise. Although these nonlocal image denoising methods have quantitatively high performance, some fine image details are lacking due to the loss of high frequency information. To tackle this problem, an improvement to the pioneering RAISR approach (rapid and accurate image super-resolution), is applied to rapidly post-process the denoised image. It gives performance comparable to state-of-the-art super-resolution techniques at low computational cost, preserving important image structures well. Our modification is to reduce the hash classes for the patches extracted from the denoised image and the pixels from the ground truth to 18 filters by two improvements: geometric conversion and reduction of the strength classes. In addition, following RAISR, the census transform is exploited by blending the image processed by noise removal methods with the filtered one to achieve artifact-free results. Experimental results demonstrate that higher quality and more pleasant visual results can be achieved than by other methods, efficiently and with low memory requirements. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-511
Number of pages13
JournalComputational Visual Media
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec


  • block matching and 3D filtering
  • census transform
  • geometric conversion
  • super-resolution
  • weighted nuclear norm minimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Artificial Intelligence


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