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March 4, 2015

Speakers: Kye Taylor, PhD, Mathematics Department, Tufts University

Title: Reordering of image pixels using patches to achieve image compression

Abstract: Recent improvements in computing demand the processing and analysis of very large datasets in the form of matrices in a variety of fields. Often the analysis requires the creation of low-rank approximations to the matrices for the purpose of compression. In this talk, I will present a new approach to compressing images. This approach identifies an image as a series of non-overlapping contiguous patches, and compresses a reordered version of the image matrix based on these patches. Low-rank approximations can then be utilized once a reordering of the pixel entries of the matrix is performed. I will demonstrate the approach when using the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) and Nonnegative Matrix Factorization (NMF) low-rank approximations. I will also demonstrate that the approach produces better quality image reconstructions using less memory for a smaller computational cost than when compressing without reordering.

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