International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science

2011 Edition
| Editors: Miodrag Lovric

Median Filters and Extensions

  • Roland Fried
  • Ann Cathrice George
Reference work entry

De-noising a time series, that is a sequence of observations of a variable measured at equidistant points in time, or an image, that is a rectangular array of pixels, is a common task nowadays. The objective is to extract a varying level (a “signal”) representing the path followed by the time series or the true image which is overlaid by irrelevant noise.

Linear filters like moving averages are computationally simple and eliminate normal noise efficiently. However, their output is heavily affected by strongly deviating observations (called  outliers, spikes or impulses), which can be caused for instance by measurement artifacts. Moreover, linear filters do not preserve abrupt changes (also called step changes or jumps) in the signal or edges in an image. Tukey (1977) suggests median filters, also called running medians, for these purposes.

We focus on the time series setting in the following. Let y1, …, yNbe observations of a variable at equidistant points in time. De-noising these...

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References and Further Reading

  1. Davies L, Fried R, Gather U (2004) Robust signal extraction for online monitoring data. J Stat Plan Infer 122:65–78zbMATHMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  2. Gather U, Fried R, Lanius V (2006) Robust detail-preserving signal extraction. In: Schelter B, Winterhalder M, Timmer J (eds) Handbook of time series analysis. Wiley, New York, pp. 131–158Google Scholar
  3. Tukey JW (1977) Exploratory data analysis (preliminary edition 1971). Addison-Wesley, Reading MAGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Fried
    • 1
  • Ann Cathrice George
    • 1
  1. 1.TU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany