I have a .bmp image 9600x5400 that shows a lot of points at various intensities. There are no lines inside this picture - only a lot of points. I would like to apply anti-aliasing on the image to make it smoother (and more beautiful).

Can Mathematica help me on that?

enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ For such a large image, you might want to try "out-of-core" functions such as ImageFileFilter. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 22:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @Silvia. Could you post an answer on this? $\endgroup$
    – tchronis
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ I would love to, but I'm not sure how to realize an anti-aliasing effect.. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ Here is a poorman's anti-aliasing. For your dots image, I might also want to try CurvatureFlowFilter. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 23:10
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    $\begingroup$ Yes @DeusDeceit it is a map of Greece + Turkey + Balkans! The rest to 9600x5400 is the whole world. $\endgroup$
    – tchronis
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 18:07

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You know noisy financial stocks behaviour can be modeled with fractals? Meaning one is the other ;-) So how do you filter one from the other?..

Wavelets can sometimes pick up just the right sort of noise to smooth so it leaves meaningful information mostly untouched.

i = Import["https://i.sstatic.net/FzHKm.jpg"];
  • Perform DiscreteWaveletTransform - play with choice of wavelet - we pick CDFWavelet
  • Threshold wavelet coefficients - play how - we do "SmoothGarrote"
  • Synthesize smoothed image using InverseWaveletTransform and compare with original:

Here it is:

dwd = DiscreteWaveletTransform[i, CDFWavelet[]];
thr = WaveletThreshold[dwd, "SmoothGarrote"]
{Image[InverseWaveletTransform[thr], ImageSize -> All], Image[i, ImageSize -> All]}

enter image description here

In this specific case we got lucky and got an impressive result I think. Note - execute on your machine - images you see are a screenshot - it's like listening music through the wall, - but in this case pretty thin wall I guess.

If result would be not that good play with the bold play parts ;-)

Don't ask how it works "exactly" - we both would need read up on wavelets ;-)

Example is taken from Documentation.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer this seems very interesting. I will try to apply it in my Huge picture using also Silvia's hint on ImageFileFilter. $\endgroup$
    – tchronis
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 6:50
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    $\begingroup$ @tchronis if the meaningful feature scales are much less than image size then you can also just cut the image - ImagePartition, filter pieces via say ParallelMap, and then ImageAssemble. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 7:07

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