Image denoising based on nonlocal Bayesian singular value thresholding and Stein's unbiased risk estimator

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 2019, 28 (10), pp. 4899 - 4911
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© 1992-2012 IEEE. Singular value thresholding (SVT)- or nuclear norm minimization (NNM)-based nonlocal image denoising methods often rely on the precise estimation of the noise variance. However, most existing methods either assume that the noise variance is known or require an extra step to estimate it. Under the iterative regularization framework, the error in the noise variance estimate propagates and accumulates with each iteration, ultimately degrading the overall denoising performance. In addition, the essence of these methods is still least squares estimation, which can cause a very high mean-squared error (MSE) and is inadequate for handling missing data or outliers. In order to address these deficiencies, we present a hybrid denoising model based on variational Bayesian inference and Stein's unbiased risk estimator (SURE), which consists of two complementary steps. In the first step, the variational Bayesian SVT performs a low-rank approximation of the nonlocal image patch matrix to simultaneously remove the noise and estimate the noise variance. In the second step, we modify the conventional SURE full-rank SVT and its divergence formulas for rank-reduced eigen-triplets to remove the residual artifacts. The proposed hybrid BSSVT method achieves better performance in recovering the true image compared with state-of-the-art methods.
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