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Image segmentation is fundamentally a discrete problem. It consists of finding a partition of the image domain such that the pixels in each element of the partition exhibit some kind of similarity. The optimization is obtained via integer optimization which is NP-hard, apart from few exceptions. We sidestep from the discrete nature of image segmentation by formulating the problem in the Bayesian framework and introducing a hidden set of real-valued random fields determining the probability of a given partition. Armed with this model, the original discrete optimization is converted into a convex program. To infer the hidden fields, we introduce the Segmentation via the Constrained Split Augmented Lagrangian Shrinkage Algorithm (SegSALSA). The effectiveness of the proposed methodology is illustrated with hyperspectral image segmentation.
Proceedings of Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), 2014.