What is Image Thinning?

Monday, May 19, 2008 | Labels: , | 1 comments |

Image thinning is the process of reducing the width of a digitised pattern to just a single pixel so that the topological properties are preserved. The output of thinning is called Skeleton. A skeleton provides an abstraction of the global shape of the object. A skeleton normally requires less storage space compared to the original pattern while it preserves the essential structural information of the pattern.

Neural networks has been successfully applied to image thinning problems and pattern recognition applications like Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and medical imaging applications.