Multi-kernel Collaboration-Induced Fuzzy Local Information C-Means Algorithm for Image Segmentation

  • Yiming TangEmail author
  • Xianghui Hu
  • Fuji Ren
  • Xiaocheng Song
  • Xi Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 917)


As an advanced method in the field of image segmentation, the fuzzy local information c-means (FLICM) algorithm has the problem of which segmentation performance is degraded when neighboring pixels are polluted, and it is imperfect for clustering nonlinear data. Focusing on these points, the Multi-kernel Collaboration-induced Fuzzy Local Information C-Means (MCFLICM) algorithm is put forward. To begin with, the concept of multi-kernel collaboration is introduced in image segmentation, and the Euclidean distance of the original space is replaced by multiple kernel-induced distance that are composed of multiple kernels in different proportions. Moreover, a new fuzzy factor is proposed from the viewpoints of pixel mean and local information, so as to increase the noises immunity. Finally, the multi-kernel collaboration and the new fuzzy factor are synthesized, and then the MCFLICM algorithm is put forward. MCFLICM can automatically adjust the requirements of different data points for kernel functions in the iterative procedure and can avoid the uncertainty of the selection of kernel function by the ordinary kernel algorithms. These advantages increase the robustness of the algorithm. In addition, MCFLICM has a stronger denoising performance to improve the ability to retain the original image details. Through comparing experiments with seven related algorithms, it is found that the segmentation performance of MCFLICM in binary image, three-valued image and natural image is superior to other algorithms, and the best results are achieved by MCFLICM from the viewpoints of visual effects and evaluation indexes.


Multi-kernel Collaboration FCM Image segmentation 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61673156, 61672202, 61432004, U1613217), the Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (Nos. 1408085MKL15, 1508085QF129).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiming Tang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xianghui Hu
    • 1
  • Fuji Ren
    • 1
  • Xiaocheng Song
    • 1
  • Xi Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer and InformationHefei University of TechnologyHefeiChina
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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