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Joint Adaptive Coding and Reversible Data Hiding for AMBTC Compressed Images

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanfang College of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510970, China
School of Information Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Symmetry 2018, 10(7), 254;
Received: 1 May 2018 / Revised: 18 May 2018 / Accepted: 31 May 2018 / Published: 2 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Data Hiding Systems in Image Communications)
This paper proposes a joint coding and reversible data hiding method for absolute moment block truncation coding (AMBTC) compressed images. Existing methods use a predictor to predict the quantization levels of AMBTC codes. Equal-length indicators, secret bits and prediction errors are concatenated to construct the output code stream. However, the quantization levels might not highly correlate with their neighbors for predictive coding, and the use of equal-length indicators might impede the coding efficiency. The proposed method uses reversible integer transform to represent the quantization levels by their means and differences, which is advantageous for predictive coding. Moreover, the prediction errors are better classified into symmetrical encoding cases using the adaptive classification technique. The length of indicators and the bits representing the prediction errors are properly assigned according to the classified results. Experiments show that the proposed method offers the lowest bitrate for a variety of images when compared with the existing state-of-the-art works. View Full-Text
Keywords: AMBTC; data hiding; predictive coding AMBTC; data hiding; predictive coding
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Hong, W.; Zhou, X.; Weng, S. Joint Adaptive Coding and Reversible Data Hiding for AMBTC Compressed Images. Symmetry 2018, 10, 254.

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