# [BioC] EBImage: filtering in the presence of NAs

Wolfgang Huber whuber at embl.de
Sat Mar 9 20:17:06 CET 2013

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Btw, one possible extended definition that I could think of is here: if we assumed that 0*NA=0, then in those places of the filtered image where all NA values in the original image coincide with zero values of the kernel, a finite value would be obtained.

However, in R-2.15.2,
> 0*NA
[1] NA

so the assumption would be inconsistent with R behaviour in other places. (Interestingly, FALSE && NA does in fact evaluate to FALSE). Also, I think it would be difficult to reconcile the above with the current implementation of linear filters, which uses fft (from the stats package).

As said before, it is possible that what you need is provided by morphological operators, and in a much cooler way (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematical_morphology).

Best wishes
Wolfgang

Il giorno Mar 9, 2013, alle ore 7:51 PM, Wolfgang Huber <whuber at embl.de> ha scritto:

> Dear Arnaud
>
> can you provide an example of what else you would expect to happen?
>
> As far as I can see, a linear filter operation on an image is defined as the convolution of the image with a kernel, and for discrete 2D images both kernel and image are assumed to be functions on Z^2 (Z being the whole numbers); usually they have finite support. Alternative, more general definitions are welcome, and we will be happy to consider them. Are you sure you cannot achieve what you want by setting your non-object pixels to a constant value such as zero?
>
> Also, please consider the erode/dilate functions, these in fact do work gracefully with images that contain NA:
>
> library("EBImage")
> x = readImage(system.file("images", "shapes.png", package="EBImage"))
> x[200:360, 140:200] = NA
>
> table(is.na((x)))
>
> #  FALSE   TRUE
> # 186787   9821
>
> table(is.na(dilate(x, kern)))
> #
> #  FALSE   TRUE
> # 187071   9537
>
> table(is.na(erode(x, kern)))
>
> #  FALSE   TRUE
> # 187384   9224
>
> 	Best wishes
> 	Wolfgang
>
>
>
> Il giorno Mar 8, 2013, alle ore 3:43 PM, Arnaud Duranel <arnaud.duranel.09 at ucl.ac.uk> ha scritto:
>
>> Hello
>>
>> None of the EBImage filtering functions seems to work when there are NAs in the image:
>>
>> library(EBImage)
>> lenac = readImage(system.file("images", "lena-color.png", package="EBImage"))
>> lenag<-channel(lenac, 'gray')
>> lenag[1:50, ]<-NA
>> flo = makeBrush(21, shape='disc', step=FALSE)^2
>> flo = flo/sum(flo)
>> lenaflo = filter2(lenag, flo)
>> display(lenaflo)
>> any(!is.na(lenaflo))
>>
>> Is there a way to process an image that includes NAs, with some kind of na.rm=TRUE?
>>
>> I am working with pictures of irregularly-shaped objects, and the pixels between the picture margins and the object were set to NA using a mask. I want to apply filters to the object itself, not to the whole image. Is there another way to do this?
>>
>> Many thanks for your help.
>>
>> Best regards
>>
>> A. Duranel, UCL Department of Geography
>>
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