Watersheding Hierarchies

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11564)


The computation of hierarchies of partitions from the watershed transform is a well-established segmentation technique in mathematical morphology. In this article, we introduce the watersheding operator, which maps any hierarchy into a hierarchical watershed. The hierarchical watersheds are the only hierarchies that remain unchanged under the action of this operator. After defining the watersheding operator, we present its main properties, namely its relation with extinction values and sequences of minima of weighted graphs. Finally, we discuss practical applications of the watersheding operator.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris-Est, LIGM (UMR 8049), CNRS, ENPC, ESIEE Paris, UPEMNoisy-le-GrandFrance

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