A new operator is presented which adopts a fuzzy logic approach for the enhancement of images corrupted by impulse noise. The proposed operator is based on two-step fuzzy reasoning, and it is able to perform a very strong noise cancellation while preserving image details very well. The new fuzzy filter is favorably compared with other nonlinear operators in the literature.
Rule-based fuzzy operators are a novel class of operators specifically designed in order to apply the principles of approximate reasoning to digital image processing. This paper shows how a fuzzy operator that is able to perform detail sharpening but is insensitive to noise can be designed. The results obtainable by the proposed technique in the enhancement of a real image are presented.
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