Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 131, Number 2, August 1998
|Page(s)||371 - 375|
|Published online||15 August 1998|
Solar image segmentation by use of mean field fast annealing
Astronomical Institute, National Observatory of Athens, P.O. Box 20048, GR-11810 Athens, Greece
2 Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Athens, GR-15784 Athens, Greece
3 'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Département Images, 46 rue Barrault, F-75634 Paris Cedex 13, France
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Accepted: 23 February 1998
We present a "continuous” analysis of a solar image in order to address the problem of image segmentation. Our approach is based on combinatorial optimization methods and in particular on Mean Field Fast Annealing (MFFA). Mean-field theory gives a deterministic nature to our algorithm while its efficiency is improved by a fast cooling schedule. We show how this method can be used to separate efficiently the regions of different solar activity giving a tool for a future automated recognition and classification of sunspots.
Key words: sunspots / methods: data analysis
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