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A Novel Method for Edge Detection Using 2 Dimensional Gamma Distribution

Ali El-Zaart


Problem statement: Edge detection is an important field in image processing. Edges characterize object boundaries and are therefore useful for segmentation, registration, feature extraction, and identification of objects in a scene. Approach: This study presented a novel method for edge detection using 2D Gamma distribution. Edge detection is traditionally implemented by convolving the image with masks. These masks are constructed using a first derivative, called gradient or second derivative called Laplacien. Thus, the problem of edge detection is therefore related to the problem of mask construction. We propose a novel method to construct different gradient masks from 2D Gamma distribution. Results: The different constructed masks from 2D Gamma distribution are applied on images and we obtained very good results in comparing with the well-known Sobel gradient and Canny gradient results. Conclusion: The experiment showed that the proposed method obtained very good results but with a big time complexity due to the big number of constructed masks.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 6 No. 2, 2010, 199-204


Submitted On: 29 November 2009 Published On: 28 February 2010

How to Cite: El-Zaart, A. (2010). A Novel Method for Edge Detection Using 2 Dimensional Gamma Distribution. Journal of Computer Science, 6(2), 199-204.

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  • Edge detection
  • gradient
  • masks construction
  • gamma distribution