The discrete cosine transform (DCT) represents an image as a sum of sinusoids of
varying magnitudes and frequencies. The `dct2`

function computes the
two-dimensional discrete cosine transform (DCT) of an image. The DCT has the
property that, for a typical image, most of the visually significant information
about the image is concentrated in just a few coefficients of the DCT. For this
reason, the DCT is often used in image compression applications. For example, the
DCT is at the heart of the international standard lossy image compression algorithm
known as JPEG. (The name comes from the working group that developed the standard:
the Joint Photographic Experts Group.)

The two-dimensional DCT of an M-by-N matrix `A`

is defined as
follows.

$$\begin{array}{l}\begin{array}{cc}{B}_{pq}={\alpha}_{p}{\alpha}_{q}{\displaystyle \sum _{m=0}^{M-1}}{\displaystyle \sum _{n=0}^{N-1}{A}_{mn}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi \left(2m+1\right)p}{2M}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi \left(2n+1\right)q}{2N},}& \begin{array}{l}0\le p\le M-1\\ 0\le q\le N-1\end{array}\end{array}\\ \\ \begin{array}{cccc}{\alpha}_{p}=\{\begin{array}{l}1/\sqrt{M},\\ \sqrt{2/M},\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}p=0\\ 1\le p\le M-1\end{array}& {\alpha}_{q}=\{\begin{array}{l}1/\sqrt{N},\\ \sqrt{2/N},\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}q=0\\ 1\le q\le N-1\end{array}\end{array}\end{array}$$

The values *B _{pq}* are called the

`A`

. (Note that matrix indices in MATLAB`A(1,1)`

and
`B(1,1)`

correspond to the mathematical quantities The DCT is an invertible transform, and its inverse is given by

$$\begin{array}{l}\begin{array}{cc}{A}_{mn}={\displaystyle \sum _{p=0}^{M-1}}{\displaystyle \sum _{q=0}^{N-1}{\alpha}_{p}{\alpha}_{q}{B}_{pq}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi \left(2m+1\right)p}{2M}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi \left(2n+1\right)q}{2N},}& \begin{array}{l}0\le m\le M-1\\ 0\le n\le N-1\end{array}\end{array}\\ \\ \begin{array}{cccc}{\alpha}_{p}=\{\begin{array}{l}1/\sqrt{M},\\ \sqrt{2/M},\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}p=0\\ 1\le p\le M-1\end{array}& {\alpha}_{q}=\{\begin{array}{l}1/\sqrt{N},\\ \sqrt{2/N},\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}q=0\\ 1\le q\le N-1\end{array}\end{array}\end{array}$$

The inverse DCT equation can be interpreted as meaning that any M-by-N matrix
`A`

can be written as a sum of *MN* functions of the form

$${\alpha}_{p}{\alpha}_{q}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi (2m+1)p}{2M}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi (2n+1)q}{2N},\text{}\begin{array}{c}0\le p\le M-1\\ 0\le q\le N-1\end{array}$$

These functions are called the *basis functions* of the DCT.
The DCT coefficients *B _{pq}*, then, can be regarded as the

**The 64 Basis Functions of an 8-by-8 Matrix**

Horizontal frequencies increase from left to right, and vertical frequencies
increase from top to bottom. The constant-valued basis function at the upper left is
often called the *DC basis function*, and the corresponding DCT
coefficient *B _{00}* is often called the

There are two ways to compute the DCT using Image Processing Toolbox™ software. The first method is to use the `dct2`

function.
`dct2`

uses an FFT-based algorithm for speedy computation with
large inputs. The second method is to use the DCT *transform
matrix*, which is returned by the function `dctmtx`

and might be more efficient
for small square inputs, such as 8-by-8 or 16-by-16. The M-by-M transform matrix
`T`

is given by

$$\begin{array}{ccc}{T}_{pq}=\{\begin{array}{l}\frac{1}{\sqrt{M}}\\ \sqrt{\frac{2}{M}}\mathrm{cos}\frac{\pi \left(2q+1\right)p}{2M}\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}p=0,\\ \\ 1\le p\le M-1,\end{array}& \begin{array}{l}0\le q\le M-1\\ \\ 0\le q\le M-1\end{array}\end{array}$$

For an M-by-M matrix `A`

, `T*A`

is an M-by-M
matrix whose columns contain the one-dimensional DCT of the columns of
`A`

. The two-dimensional DCT of `A`

can be
computed as `B=T*A*T'`

. Since `T`

is a real
orthonormal matrix, its inverse is the same as its transpose. Therefore, the inverse
two-dimensional DCT of `B`

is given by
`T'*B*T`

.

This example shows how to compress an image using the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT). The example computes the two-dimensional DCT of 8-by-8 blocks in an input image, discards (sets to zero) all but 10 of the 64 DCT coefficients in each block, and then reconstructs the image using the two-dimensional inverse DCT of each block. The example uses the transform matrix computation method.

DCT is used in the JPEG image compression algorithm. The input image is divided into 8-by-8 or 16-by-16 blocks, and the two-dimensional DCT is computed for each block. The DCT coefficients are then quantized, coded, and transmitted. The JPEG receiver (or JPEG file reader) decodes the quantized DCT coefficients, computes the inverse two-dimensional DCT of each block, and then puts the blocks back together into a single image. For typical images, many of the DCT coefficients have values close to zero. These coefficients can be discarded without seriously affecting the quality of the reconstructed image.

Read an image into the workspace and convert it to class `double`

.

```
I = imread('cameraman.tif');
I = im2double(I);
```

Compute the two-dimensional DCT of 8-by-8 blocks in the image. The function `dctmtx`

returns the N-by-N DCT transform matrix.

T = dctmtx(8); dct = @(block_struct) T * block_struct.data * T'; B = blockproc(I,[8 8],dct);

Discard all but 10 of the 64 DCT coefficients in each block.

mask = [1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0]; B2 = blockproc(B,[8 8],@(block_struct) mask .* block_struct.data);

Reconstruct the image using the two-dimensional inverse DCT of each block.

invdct = @(block_struct) T' * block_struct.data * T; I2 = blockproc(B2,[8 8],invdct);

Display the original image and the reconstructed image, side-by-side. Although there is some loss of quality in the reconstructed image, it is clearly recognizable, even though almost 85% of the DCT coefficients were discarded.

imshow(I)

figure imshow(I2)