Threshold value question using otsu method
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Packiya on 24 Dec 2014
I am doing Plant leaf disease detection & classification project. In that i am using otsu method to calculate threshold value for all leaves. But thershold value for some type of leaves could not detect the diseased part correctly..so i am using some constant threshold value(0.17,0.6). Can anyone please give some other method to find threshold value other than otsu method that is suitable for all type of leaves..
Image Analyst on 30 Dec 2014
See my attached code. I use an image with black background and even black spots inside it. I correctly identify the diseased areas and give the area fraction of them relative to the entire leaf area (diseased + healthy areas).
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Sean de Wolski on 24 Dec 2014
Show us an image! Without an image, it's very difficult if not impossible to guess at what you need.
Have you tried the multilevel otsu threshold? I.e. the Image Processing function imquantize?
Image Analyst on 24 Dec 2014
I almost never use Otsu. It's usually no good. It's good mostly in cases with high contrast images with widely separated bimodal histograms, like where there is a uniform object on a uniform background and they have very different intensities. In real world situations, Otsu is often/usually not the best choice.
Actually using a fixed threshold like you're doing is a very good but under-used and under-appreciated method. People always want to use automatic thresholding but simple-minded autothresholding methods like Otsu have the drawback in that they always have to find a threshold somewhere in the histogram. Let's say you're looking at some image and the disease or stuff you want to find can be anywhere from 0% area fraction all the way up to 100% area fraction. Let's say you have a hump centered at 100 for good/normal/non-diseased pixels, and as the pixel goes "bad" the pixels get darker, which means their histogram shifts darker. Let's say one that was 100% bad would give you a hump at 50 gray levels. But what if you had a 100% bad image and Otsu would try to split that histogram and might give you something around 48 or 55 or whatever. It would give you the wrong area fraction because it was forced to find a threshold in a histogram hump that was essentially all the same - all bad. It would be much better to just say that anything below, say, 75 is bad and above 75 is good. That way you can get accurate area fractions all the way from 0% to 100%. If you have good control over your lighting and exposure so that similar images produce similar gray levels, then using a fixed threshold is a fine idea.
But in general, you need to decide upon a thresholding scheme based on the complete range of images that you expect to encounter. You haven't shown us even a single image, much less the entire span of images you expect the algorithm to be able to handle. Usually people asking for image processing advice attach an image to we don't have to work "blind."
Anand on 15 Jan 2015
I haven't read the entire thread above. I'm sure there's a lot of good information there. I take it you are trying to threshold the 'diseased' portion of the leaf. So, essentially you want an image with disease pixels vs non-disease pixels.
I tried using the colorThresholder App with a couple of the images you've attached.
Here's how it looks:
im = imread('http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/uploaded_files/23137/Bacterial1.jpg');
% Open the colorThresholder
The hue channel in the HSV color space seems to separate the disease pretty well, so select HSV. Once the image opens in the HSV color space, move the hue slider appropriately to threshold the image.
Now export the code and use this on the other images.
Hope this helps!
gururaj moger on 8 Apr 2016
how to check or detect the things instead of leaf and it must show it is not leaf
tan aik hong on 5 Oct 2018
thanks and it is very helpful for my project, but I had some problem, which is if the image of the leaf is healthy, through the code above, I had got the healthy region and diseases region. may I know is there any code that able to choose the image of leaf whether it is healthy or not. thanks