Nicholas Dwork, Nikolaus West, Christian Elder, Thomas Walther and Michael Digman
This is the companion website for the paper A Modified NLM Algorithm Motivated with a Non-uniform Bayesian Prior Distribution. From the abstract of the paper:
Abstract - This paper modifies the NLM algorithm to retain more of the structure of the true image. We use a Bayesian rationale for the algortihm, and then modify the prior distribution to create a new weighting term. We show that several variants of the NLM algorithm can be modified in a similar way. Our technique is shown to improve the PSNR and observed image qualities of these variants on several images. Finally, we show beneficial results with MRI data, and audio data.
The paper is currently in review at IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. If it gets accepted, we will post a link to the IEEE Transactions here. The source code for our algorithms is freely available. It requires Matlab, and optionally supports the Matlab Parallel Toolbox.
The following set of images demonstrates the performance of the algorithm. While the black and white image series allows comparison of the details recovered by the various algorithms, the color images demonstrate the improvement of the modified prior on the image as a whole.
From left to right: NLM, NLM Euc, NLM+. Top row: original. Bottom row: with modification