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Multiresolutional image analysis of wood and other materials


The gloss of wood is a unique texture compared to that of other materials. To express it quantitatively, two digital-image analyses were performed. One method was multiresolutional contrast analysis, which was the new method developed in this study. The other method was fractal image analysis. Twenty-four specimens, including solid woods, wood-plastic composites (WPCs), printed grains, and granites, were prepared. Digital images of specimens were obtained in five sizes and in two illuminant directions (perpendicular and parallel to the grain). The multiresolutional contrast values of perpendicular illuminated images were calculated and compared among specimens. The result of this quantitative analysis was that the gloss of wood was characterized by bright spots in a relatively small area. Using fractal analysis, the fractal dimension of a digital image was used as an index of brightness changes, not for expressing the self-similarity. These indices showed results similar to those of the multiresolutional contrast analysis.


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Part of this paper was presented at the 47th annual meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society in Kochi, April 1997

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Nakamura, M., Masuda, M. & Shinohara, K. Multiresolutional image analysis of wood and other materials. J Wood Sci 45, 10–18 (1999).

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Key words

  • Multiresolutional contrast
  • Fractal analysis
  • Gloss of wood
  • Texture analysis
  • Digital image analysis