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Licinda Woudberg, University of Otago, New Zealand

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2002 2:27 pm    
Subject: Wavelet Compression Replies
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Wavelet Compression Replies

% Note for the editor: This is a summary of the replies on the
% submission "Looking for compression software", Topic #5 of
% Wavelet Digest Vol. 1, Nr. 10.


Firstly I would like to appologise for taking so long to
reply. I have managed to find some information and contacts
regarding Wavelet compression - techniques and software, and similar

The following is a reply I received from Victor Wickerhauser
(Washington University). Victor has written a number of papers on
Wavelet compression (mainly using the Best Basis alogorithm) partly
as a result of a FBI project to digitise finger prints for computer
recognition. I am sure you can appreciate the quality of information
that must be retained through a lossy compression. The reply is
regarding wavelet compression papers by Victor. pic.tar.Z can be
obtained through anonynous ftp from
[] (I think!)

From: IN%"" 11-DEC-1992 14:43:54.76
> But you can get a much better and more recent paper from wuarchive
> (see below), namely (compress'ed postscript, 300-400dpi
> fonts). pic.tar.Z is a highly preliminary paper which discusses
> how much > distortion it costs to discard a certain fraction of the
> coefficeints.

Some of Victor's software (the binaries) is also available through
ftp from wuarchive ( []). It is
called WPLab and is good for examinign how wavelets work. To obtain
the code involves entering into a non-disclosure agreement. The
binaries are avaliable for both the NeXT (in Objective-C) and for the

The following is a reply I received from Eero P. Simoncelli, who has
also written some papers on Wavelet compression.

From: IN%"" 21-JAN-1993 05:06:20.08
> Dear Licinda,
> I saw your message on the wavelet digest a while back. I wrote a
> public domain wavelet coder called EPIC that is very efficient.
> Source code is in C. It currently only works on grayscale (8bit)
> square images, but I have used it to compress color images by
> converting them from RGB to YIQ and encoding the three images
> separately.
> I'm including the README file below. Hope you'll find it useful.
> Eero.

% Note from the editor: I didn't include the readme file here, but it can be
% found in Topic #3, Wavelet Digest Vol. 1 , Nr 2.

I recently attended a workshop called "Wavelets Down Under" (in
Australia!) which was very useful. The software is around, but
exactly where for 'your' purposes I am unsure of.

I hope this has been of help to people. Thank you Victor for your
help, and thank you Eero.


(Miss) Licinda Woudberg
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Otago
Dunedin 9001
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