Block views on images/arrays

This example illustrates the use of view_as_blocks from skimage.util(). Block views can be incredibly useful when one wants to perform local operations on non-overlapping image patches.

We use astronaut from and virtually ‘slice’ it into square blocks. Then, on each block, we either pool the mean, the max or the median value of that block. The results are displayed altogether, along with a spline interpolation of order 3 rescaling of the original astronaut image.

Original rescaled with  spline interpolation (order=3), Block view with  local mean pooling, Block view with  local max pooling, Block view with  local median pooling
import numpy as np
from scipy import ndimage as ndi
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
import as cm

from skimage import data
from skimage import color
from skimage.util import view_as_blocks

# get astronaut from in grayscale
l = color.rgb2gray(data.astronaut())

# size of blocks
block_shape = (4, 4)

# see astronaut as a matrix of blocks (of shape block_shape)
view = view_as_blocks(l, block_shape)

# collapse the last two dimensions in one
flatten_view = view.reshape(view.shape[0], view.shape[1], -1)

# resampling the image by taking either the `mean`,
# the `max` or the `median` value of each blocks.
mean_view = np.mean(flatten_view, axis=2)
max_view = np.max(flatten_view, axis=2)
median_view = np.median(flatten_view, axis=2)

# display resampled images
fig, axes = plt.subplots(2, 2, figsize=(8, 8), sharex=True, sharey=True)
ax = axes.ravel()

l_resized = ndi.zoom(l, 2, order=3)
ax[0].set_title("Original rescaled with\n spline interpolation (order=3)")
ax[0].imshow(l_resized, extent=(-0.5, 128.5, 128.5, -0.5),

ax[1].set_title("Block view with\n local mean pooling")
ax[1].imshow(mean_view, cmap=cm.Greys_r)

ax[2].set_title("Block view with\n local max pooling")
ax[2].imshow(max_view, cmap=cm.Greys_r)

ax[3].set_title("Block view with\n local median pooling")
ax[3].imshow(median_view, cmap=cm.Greys_r)

for a in ax:


Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 0.256 seconds)

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