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Convert intensity image to binary image

Conversions

`visionconversions`

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.

Port | Input/Output | Supported Data Types | Complex 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.

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.

**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.

**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 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 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 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 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 1. 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

on the MATLAB command line.

Compare To Constant | Simulink |

Relational Operator | Simulink |

`graythresh` | Image Processing Toolbox™ |