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Learning Steerable Wavelet Frames

N. Chenouard, M. Unser

Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Sampling Theory and Applications (SampTA'11), Singapore, Republic of Singapore, May 2-6, 2011.

We present a functional framework for the adaptive design of dictionaries where the invariance to translation, dilation, and rotation is built upfront into the primary representation space. Our key idea is to build an invariant signal representation prior to the learning stage. By doing so, we focus our effort on adapting the dictionary to the distinctive features of the signal, rather than to the cumbersome encoding of the desired invariance properties of the representation. We thus avoid the pitfall of traditional dictionary-learning techniques that need to allocate considerable computational power to laboriously obtain some degree of invariance of the representation space. Moreover, we avoid the redundancy of representation which is typical of early works on dictionary learning for image coding, where several translated, dilated, and rotated copies of the same two-dimensional function are necessary [4, 2, 1, 3], whereas we need just one.


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AUTHOR="Chenouard, N. and Unser, M.",
TITLE="Learning Steerable Wavelet Frames",
BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Sampling
        Theory and Applications ({SampTA'11})",
address="Singapore, Republic of Singapore",
month="May 2-6,",

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