Title

Detection of Singularities by Discrete Multiscale Directional Representations

Abstract

One of the most remarkable properties of the continuous curvelet and shearlet transforms is their sensitivity to the directional regularity of functions and distributions. As a consequence of this property, these transforms can be used to characterize the geometry of edge singularities of functions and distributions by their asymptotic decay at fine scales. This ability is a major extension of the conventional continuous wavelet transform which can only describe pointwise regularity properties. However, while in the case of wavelets it is relatively easy to relate the asymptotic properties of the continuous transform to properties of discrete wavelet coefficients, this problem is surprisingly challenging in the case of discrete curvelets and shearlets where one wants to handle also the geometry of the singularity. No result for the discrete case was known so far. In this paper, we derive non-asymptotic estimates showing that discrete shearlet coefficients can detect, in a precise sense, the location and orientation of curvilinear edges. We discuss connections and implications of this result to sparse approximations and other applications.

Department(s)

Mathematics

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1007/s12220-017-9897-x

Keywords

Analysis of singularities, Continuous wavelets, Curvelets, Edge detection, Shearlets, Wavelets

Publication Date

7-1-2018

Journal Title

Journal of Geometric Analysis

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