Total Variation on a Tree

Vladimir Kolmogorov, Thomas Pock and Michal Rolínek.

In SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS), 9(2):605-636, 2016.


We consider the problem of minimizing the continuous valued total variation subject to different unary terms on trees and propose fast direct algorithms based on dynamic programming to solve these problems. We treat both the convex and the non-convex case and derive worst case complexities that are equal or better then existing methods. We show applications to total variation based 2D image processing and computer vision problems based on a Lagrangian decomposition approach. The resulting algorithms are very efficient, offer a high degree of parallelism and come along with memory requirements which are only in the order of the number of image pixels.


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