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Surflets: a sparse representation for multidimensional functions containing smooth discontinuities

Chandrasekaran, Venkat and Wakin, Michael B. and Baron, Dror and Baraniuk, Richard G. (2004) Surflets: a sparse representation for multidimensional functions containing smooth discontinuities. In: 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, p. 565. ISBN 0-7803-8280-3 .

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Discontinuities in data often provide vital information, and representing these discontinuities sparsely is an important goal for approximation and compression algorithms. Little work has been done on efficient representations for higher dimensional functions containing arbitrarily smooth discontinuities. We consider the N-dimensional Horizon class-N-dimensional functions containing a C^K smooth (N-1)-dimensional singularity separating two constant regions. We derive the optimal rate-distortion function for this class and introduce the multiscale surflet representation for sparse piecewise approximation of these functions. We propose a compression algorithm using surflets that achieves the optimal asymptotic rate-distortion performance for Horizon functions. This algorithm can be implemented using knowledge of only the N-dimensional function, without explicitly estimating the (N-1)-dimensional discontinuity.

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Additional Information:© 2004 IEEE. Date of Current Version: 10 January 2005. This work was supported by NSF grant CCR-9973188, ONR grant N00014-02-1-0353, AFOSR grant F49620-01-1-0378, and the Texas Instruments Leadership University Program.
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Official Citation:Chandrasekaran, V.; Wakin, M.B.; Baron, D.; Baraniuk, R.G.; , "Surflets: a sparse representation for multidimensional functions containing smooth discontinuities," Information Theory, 2004. ISIT 2004. Proceedings. International Symposium on , vol., no., pp. 563, 27 June-2 July 2004 doi: 10.1109/ISIT.2004.1365602 URL:
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