Autothreshold

Convert intensity image to binary image

Library

Conversions

visionconversions

Description

The Autothreshold block converts an intensity image to a binary image using a threshold value computed using Otsu's method.

This block computes this threshold value by splitting the histogram of the input image such that the variance of each pixel group is minimized.

PortInput/OutputSupported Data TypesComplex Values Supported

I

Vector or matrix of intensity values

  • Double-precision floating point

  • Single-precision floating point

  • Fixed point

  • 8-, 16-, and 32-bit signed integer

  • 8-, 16-, and 32-bit unsigned integer

No

BW

Scalar, vector, or matrix that represents a binary image

Boolean

No

Th

Threshold value

Same as I port

No

EMetric

Effectiveness metric

Same as I port

No

Use the Thresholding operator parameter to specify the condition the block places on the input values. If you select > and the input value is greater than the threshold value, the block outputs 1 at the BW port; otherwise, it outputs 0. If you select <= and the input value is less than or equal to the threshold value, the block outputs 1; otherwise, it outputs 0.

Select the Output threshold check box to output the calculated threshold values at the Th port.

Select the Output effectiveness metric check box to output values that represent the effectiveness of the thresholding at the EMetric port. This metric ranges from 0 to 1. If every pixel has the same value, the effectiveness metric is 0. If the image has two pixel values or the histogram of the image pixels is symmetric, the effectiveness metric is 1.

If you clear the Specify data range check box, the block assumes that floating-point input values range from 0 to 1. To specify a different data range, select this check box. The Minimum value of input and Maximum value of input parameters appear in the dialog box. Use these parameters to enter the minimum and maximum values of your input signal.

Use the When data range is exceeded parameter to specify the block's behavior when the input values are outside the expected range. The following options are available:

  • Ignore — Proceed with the computation and do not issue a warning message. If you choose this option, the block performs the most efficient computation. However, if the input values exceed the expected range, the block produces incorrect results.

  • Saturate — Change any input values outside the range to the minimum or maximum value of the range and proceed with the computation.

  • Warn and saturate — Display a warning message in the MATLAB® Command Window, saturate values, and proceed with the computation.

  • Error — Display an error dialog box and terminate the simulation.

If you clear the Scale threshold check box, the block uses the threshold value computed by Otsu's method to convert intensity images into binary images. If you select the Scale threshold check box, the Threshold scaling factor appears in the dialog box. Enter a scalar value. The block multiplies this scalar value with the threshold value computed by Otsu's method and uses the result as the new threshold value.

Fixed-Point Data Types

The following diagram shows the data types used in the Autothreshold block for fixed-point signals. You can use the default fixed-point parameters if your input has a word length less than or equal to 16.

In this diagram, DT means data type. You can set the product, accumulator, quotient, and effectiveness metric data types in the block mask.

Dialog Box

The Main pane of the Autothreshold dialog box appears as shown in the following figure.

Thresholding operator

Specify the condition the block places on the input matrix values. If you select > or <=, the block outputs 0 or 1 depending on whether the input matrix values are above, below, or equal to the threshold value.

Output threshold

Select this check box to output the calculated threshold values at the Th port.

Output effectiveness metric

Select this check box to output values that represent the effectiveness of the thresholding at the EMetric port.

Specify data range

If you clear this check box, the block assumes that floating-point input values range from 0 to 1. To specify a different data range, select this check box.

Minimum value of input

Enter the minimum value of your input data. This parameter is visible if you select the Specify data range check box.

Maximum value of input

Enter the maximum value of your input data. This parameter is visible if you select the Specify data range check box.

When data range is exceeded

Specify the block's behavior when the input values are outside the expected range. Your options are Ignore, Saturate, Warn and saturate, or Error. This parameter is visible if you select the Specify data range check box.

Scale threshold

Select this check box to scale the threshold value computed by Otsu's method.

Threshold scaling factor

Enter a scalar value. The block multiplies this scalar value with the threshold value computed by Otsu's method and uses the result as the new threshold value. This parameter is visible if you select the Scale threshold check box.

The Data Types pane pane of the Autothreshold dialog box appears as follows. You can use the default fixed-point parameters if your input has a word length less than or equal to 16.

Rounding mode

Select the rounding mode for fixed-point operations. This parameter does not apply to the Cast to input DT step shown in Fixed-Point Data Types. For this step, Rounding mode is always set to Nearest.

Overflow mode

Select the overflow mode for fixed-point operations.

Product 1, 2, 3, 4

As shown previously, the output of the multiplier is placed into the product output data type and scaling. Use this parameter to specify how to designate the product output word and fraction lengths.

  • When you select Specify word length, you can enter the word length of the product values in bits. The block sets the fraction length to give you the best precision.

  • When you select Same as input, the characteristics match those of the input to the block. This choice is only available for the Product 4 parameter.

  • When you select Binary point scaling, you can enter the word length and the fraction length of the product output in bits.

  • When you select Slope and bias scaling, you can enter the word length in bits and the slope of the product output. The bias of all signals in the Computer Vision System Toolbox™ software is 0.

Accumulator 1, 2, 3, 4

As shown previously, inputs to the accumulator are cast to the accumulator data type. The output of the adder remains in the accumulator data type as each element of the input is added to it. Use this parameter to specify how to designate the accumulator word and fraction lengths.

  • When you select Same as Product, these characteristics match those of the product output.

  • When you select Specify word length, you can enter the word length of the accumulator values in bits. The block sets the fraction length to give you the best precision. This choice is not available for the Accumulator 4 parameter because it is dependent on the input data type.

  • When you select Binary point scaling, you can enter the word length and the fraction length of the accumulator in bits.

  • When you select Slope and bias scaling, you can enter the word length in bits and the slope of the accumulator. The bias of all signals in the Computer Vision System Toolbox software is 0.

The Accumulator 3 parameter is only visible if, on the Main pane, you select the Output effectiveness metric check box.

Quotient

Choose how to specify the word length and fraction length of the quotient data type:

  • When you select Specify word length, you can enter the word length of the quotient values in bits. The block sets the fraction length to give you the best precision.

  • When you select Binary point scaling, you can enter the word length and the fraction length of the quotient, in bits.

  • When you select Slope and bias scaling, you can enter the word length in bits and the slope of the quotient. The bias of all signals in the Computer Vision System Toolbox software is 0.

Eff Metric

Choose how to specify the word length and fraction length of the effectiveness metric data type. This parameter is only visible if, on the Main tab, you select the Output effectiveness metric check box.

  • When you select Specify word length, you can enter the word length of the effectiveness metric values, in bits. The block sets the fraction length to give you the best precision.

  • When you select Binary point scaling, you can enter the word length and the fraction length of the effectiveness metric in bits.

  • When you select Slope and bias scaling, you can enter the word length in bits and the slope of the effectiveness metric. The bias of all signals in the Computer Vision System Toolbox software is 0.

Lock data type settings against change by the fixed-point tools

Select this parameter to prevent the fixed-point tools from overriding the data types you specify on the block mask. For more information, see fxptdlg, a reference page on the Fixed-Point Tool in the Simulink® documentation.

Example

Thresholding Intensity Images Using the Autothreshold Block

Convert an intensity image into a binary image. Use the Autothreshold block when lighting conditions vary and the threshold needs to change for each video frame.

You can open the example model by typing

ex_vision_autothresholdex_vision_autothreshold

on the MATLAB command line.

See Also

Compare To Constant

Simulink

Relational Operator

Simulink

graythresh

Image Processing Toolbox™

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