Fuzzy Entropy Image Segmentation

Automatic thresholding is important for machine vision.

Otsu’s method is a novel algorithm and widely used for machine vision.

However, Otsu’s method is not suitable for some cases.

Fuzzy entropy image segmentation can be an alternative in such cases.

I implemented fuzzy entropy image segmentation (ThresholdFuzzy) by following [1].

You can confirm it by the code below.

a <- load.image("http://gahag.net/img/201604/21s/gahag-0078436493-1.jpg") %>% grayscale()
layout(matrix(1:4, 2, 2))
plot(a, main = "Original")
threshold(a) %>% plot(main = "A Variant of Otsu")
ThresholdTriclass(a) %>% plot(main = "Iterative Triclass")
ThresholdFuzzy(a) %>% plot(main = "Fuzzy Entropy")

Note that ThresholdFuzzy uses a particle swarm optimization algorithm becase exaustive search is time consuming.

That’s why ThresholdFuzzy returns different value every time.

Let’s confirm it.

test <- sapply(1:100, function(x) ThresholdFuzzy(a, returnvalue = TRUE))

You can reduce the variance by tuning the parameters of ThresholdFuzzy, although I believe the variance is sufficiently small.

[1] Linyi Li, Deren Li (2008). Fuzzy entropy image segmentation based on particle swarm optimization. Progress in Natural Science.