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Convert RGB image to indexed image

`[X,map] = rgb2ind(RGB,n)`

X = rgb2ind(RGB, map)

[X,map] = rgb2ind(RGB, tol)

[___] = rgb2ind(___,dither_option)

`[X,map] = rgb2ind(RGB,n)`

converts
the RGB image to an indexed image `X`

using minimum
variance quantization and dithering. `map`

contains
at most `n`

colors. `n`

must be
less than or equal to 65,536.

`X = rgb2ind(RGB, map)`

converts
the RGB image to an indexed image `X`

with colormap `map`

using
the inverse colormap algorithm and dithering. `size(map,1)`

must
be less than or equal to 65,536.

`[X,map] = rgb2ind(RGB, tol)`

converts
the RGB image to an indexed image `X`

using uniform
quantization and dithering. `map`

contains at most `(floor(1/tol)+1)^3`

colors. `tol`

must
be between 0.0 and 1.0.

`[___] = rgb2ind(___,dither_option)`

enables
or disables dithering. `dither_option`

can be one
of these values.

`'dither'` (default) | Dithers, if necessary, to achieve better color resolution at the expense of spatial resolution |

`'nodither'` | Maps each color in the original image to the closest color in the new map. No dithering is performed. |

The values in the resultant image `X`

are indexes
into the colormap `map`

and should not be used in
mathematical processing, such as filtering operations.

The input image can be of class `uint8`

, `uint16`

, `single`

,
or `double`

. If the length of `map`

is
less than or equal to 256, the output image is of class `uint8`

.
Otherwise, the output image is of class `uint16`

.

The value `0`

in the output array `X`

corresponds
to the first color in the colormap.

If you specify

`tol`

,`rgb2ind`

uses uniform quantization to convert the image. This method involves cutting the RGB color cube into smaller cubes of length`tol`

.If you specify

`n`

,`rgb2ind`

uses minimum variance quantization. This method involves cutting the RGB color cube into smaller boxes (not necessarily cubes) of different sizes, depending on how the colors are distributed in the image. If the input image actually uses fewer colors than the number you specify, the output colormap is also smaller.If you specify

`map`

,`rgb2ind`

uses colormap mapping, which involves finding the colors in`map`

that best match the colors in the RGB image.

Uniform Quantization — Uniform quantization cuts the RGB color cube into smaller cubes of length

`tol`

. For example, if you specify a`tol`

of 0.1, the edges of the cubes are one-tenth the length of the RGB cube. The total number of small cubes is:n = (floor(1/tol)+1)^3

Each cube represents a single color in the output image. Therefore, the maximum length of the colormap is

`n`

.`rgb2ind`

removes any colors that don’t appear in the input image, so the actual colormap can be much smaller than`n`

.Minimum Variance Quantization — Minimum variance quantization cuts the RGB color cube into smaller boxes (not necessarily cubes) of different sizes, depending on how the colors are distributed in the image. If the input image actually uses fewer colors than the number specified, the output colormap is also smaller.

Inverse Colormap — The inverse colormap algorithm quantizes the specified colormap into 32 distinct levels per color component. Then, for each pixel in the input image, the closest color in the quantized colormap is found.

[1] Spencer W. Thomas, "Efficient Inverse Color Map Computation", Graphics Gems II, (ed. James Arvo), Academic Press: Boston. 1991. (includes source code)

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