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Combining fractal and deterministic walkers for texture analysis and classification

Wesley Nunes Goncalves and Odemir Martinez Bruno

PATTERN RECOGNITION, 46(11):2953-2968, 2013

In this paper, we present a novel texture analysis method based on deterministic partially self-avoiding walks and fractal dimension theory. After finding the attractors of the image (set of pixels) using deterministic partially self-avoiding walks, they are dilated in direction to the whole image by adding pixels according to their relevance. The relevance of each pixel is calculated as the shortest path between the pixel and the pixels that belongs to the attractors. The proposed texture analysis method is demonstrated to outperform popular and state-of-the-art methods (e.g. Fourier descriptors, occurrence matrix, Gabor filter and local binary patterns) as well as deterministic tourist walk method and recent fractal methods using well-known texture image datasets. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.