Adaptive histogram equalization

Adaptive histogram equalization

Adaptive histogram equalization is a computer image processing technique used to improve contrast in images. It differs from ordinary histogram equalization in the respect that the adaptive method computes several histograms, each corresponding to a distinct section of the image, and uses them to redistribute the lightness values of the image. Ordinary histogram equalization simply uses a single histogram for an entire image.

Consequently, adaptive histogram equalization is considered an image enhancement technique capable of improving an image's "local contrast", bringing out more detail in the image. However, it also can produce significant noise. A generalization of adaptive histogram equalization called "contrast limiting adaptive histogram equalization", also known as CLAHE, was developed to address the problem of noise amplification.

See also

* Histogram equalization
* Shadow and highlight enhancement
* Clahe

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