Image Classification in the Frequency Domain with Neural Networks and Absolute Value DCT

  • Florian FranzenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10884)


In this work we explain, how to classify images with neural networks purely in the frequency domain. This is successful by the help of the discrete cosine transform (DCT) in which the values are turned to absolute values. After explaining the method and network architecture we test with a standard dataset for hand written digit recognition and reach the accuracy of 0.9805 in the frequency domain. By superposition of the DCTs we reveal the patterns which are learned by the Network. Afterwards we show some experiments with real images, where the classification in the frequency domain excels the results reached with the same network configuration in the spatial domain.


Computer vision Fourier domain Neural networks 



The author wishes to thank Prof. Dr. Chunrong Yuan for her support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany

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