JPEG compression history estimation for color images

Ramesh Neelamani, Ricardo De Queiroz, Zhigang Fan, Richard Baraniuk

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We routinely encounter digital color images that were previously JPEG-compressed. We aim to retrieve the various settings - termed JPEG compression history (CH) - employed during previous JPEG operations. This information is often discarded en-route to the image's current representation. The discrete cosine transform coefficient histograms of previously JPEG-compressed images exhibit near-periodic behavior due to quantization. We propose a statistical approach to exploit this structure and thereby estimate the image's CH. Using simulations, we first demonstrate the accuracy of our estimation. Further, we show that JPEG recompression performed by exploiting the estimated CH strikes an excellent file-size versus distortion tradeoff.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Image Processing
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 17 2003
EventProceedings: 2003 International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP-2003 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Sep 14 2003Sep 17 2003


OtherProceedings: 2003 International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP-2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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