Colour Image Analysis in 3D-Polar Coordinates

  • Allan Hanbury
  • Jean Serra
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2781)


The use of 3D-polar coordinate representations of the RGB colour space is widespread, although many of these representations, such as HLS and HSV, have deficiencies rendering them unsuitable for quantitative image analysis. Three prerequisites for 3D-polar coordinate colour spaces which do not suffer from these deficiencies are suggested, and the results of the derivation of three colour spaces based on these prerequisites are presented. An application which takes advantage of their good properties for the construction of colour histograms is also discussed.


Colour Space Colour Histogram Quantitative Image Analysis Luminance Level Colour Representation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Hanbury
    • 1
  • Jean Serra
    • 2
  1. 1.Pattern Recognition and Image Processing GroupVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Ecole des Mines de ParisCentre de Morphologie MathématiqueFontainebleau cedexFrance

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