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Zero-order Reverse Filtering

Abstract · Apr 13, 2017 09:01 ·

filtering reverse reversibility defilter filter know filters operation removal cs-cv

Arxiv Abstract

  • Xin Tao
  • Chao Zhou
  • Xiaoyong Shen
  • Jue Wang
  • Jiaya Jia

In this paper, we study an unconventional but practically meaningful reversibility problem of commonly used image filters. We broadly define filters as operations to smooth images or to produce layers via global or local algorithms. And we raise the intriguingly problem if they are reservable to the status before filtering. To answer it, we present a novel strategy to understand general filter via contraction mappings on a metric space. A very simple yet effective zero-order algorithm is proposed. It is able to practically reverse most filters with low computational cost. We present quite a few experiments in the paper and supplementary file to thoroughly verify its performance. This method can also be generalized to solve other inverse problems and enables new applications.

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