computes a best basis representation in the DiscreteWaveletData object dwd.


computes a best basis representation using the cost specification cspec.

Details and Options

  • WaveletBestBasis[dwd] returns a DiscreteWaveletData odwd object where the optimal basis has been computed and will be used by functions such as InverseWaveletTransform, WaveletListPlot, etc.
  • Properties of the DiscreteWaveletData odwd can be found using odwd["prop"].
  • Properties related to best basis include:
  • "BasisIndex"wavelet indices used for inverse transform
    "BestBasisBlockView"block grid view of best basis
    "BestBasisCostValues"cost value for each wavelet coefficient
    "TreeView"tree view of decomposition with best basis highlighted
  • WaveletBestBasis[dwd] is equivalent to WaveletBestBasis[dwd,"ShannonEntropy"].
  • Possible cspec values include:
  • "ShannonEntropy"Shannon entropy
    "LogEnergy"log energy
    {"Norm",p}norm like sum_iTemplateBox[{{w, _, i}}, Abs]^p for and -sum_iTemplateBox[{{w, _, i}}, Abs]^p for
    {"Threshold",δ}number of elements above
    fnapply fn to each coefficient array to get a cost value
  • A cost function fn must satisfy fn[{a1,,am,b1,,bn}]fn[{a1,,am}]+fn[{b1,,bn}] and fn[{0,}]0.
  • The best basis is a complete basis for the wavelet decomposition giving the least total cost.


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Basic Examples  (1)

Compute an optimal wavelet basis:

Compare default basis with best basis in a tree plot of all coefficients:

Scope  (11)

Basic Uses  (6)

Compute an optimal wavelet basis for vector data:

The best basis is stored in the resulting DiscreteWaveletData object:

Show the coefficient array corresponding to each index in the basis:

Wavelet packet transforms give a DiscreteWaveletData object that includes a default basis:

The basis includes all coefficients at the highest level of refinement:

WaveletBestBasis gives a new DiscreteWaveletData object with a different, optimal basis:

Compute best basis for packet transforms with any number of levels of refinement:

Compute wavelet basis, minimizing log-energy for an image:

Compare default basis with best basis in a hierarchical grid layout of coefficient images:

Compute best basis with custom cost function:

Choose basis with fewest coefficients lying between -1 and 1:

Count values lying between -1 and 1 in default basis:

Best basis:

WaveletBestBasis gives the optimal basis among all possible wavelet bases:

Recursively enumerate all possible wavelet bases for levels of refinement:

Show the 5 possible wavelet bases for 2 levels of refinement:

The number of possible bases grows extremely quickly as a function of refinement level:

Cost value of optimal basis:

Distribution of cost values of a random sample of 1000 bases:

Cost Functions  (5)

Apply cost functions to coefficients with fixed total energy:

Plot cost as a function of first component energy for "ShannonEntropy":




In general, each cost function can lead to a different best basis:

Plot distribution of energy among best basis coefficient values for each cost function:

Different cost functions often lead to similar best bases:

Define a custom cost function that favors coefficients that are nearer to integers:

Best basis for list data using custom cost function:

The computed cost value for the {} coefficient is the custom cost value of the original data:

Cost value of the best basis coefficients:

The best basis coefficients are clustered around integers:

Reproduce the built-in cost functions as custom ones:





Generalizations & Extensions  (2)

Explicitly specify the full wavelet basis:

The specified basis is taken to be the best basis:

Select a basis containing the specified wavelet indexes:

The smallest full basis containing the specified indexes is chosen:

Applications  (3)

Compression  (3)

Use WaveletBestBasis to choose a wavelet basis for threshold-based data compression:

Use a hard threshold of 0.1:

Count nonzero values in thresholded coefficients as a measure of compression:

Compare with compression by thresholding original data:

Plot original and reconstructed data:

Compare threshold-based compression for various threshold values :

Use the same threshold value for best basis selection and thresholding:

Show reconstructed data along with the number of nonzero values as a measure of compression:

Length of uncompressed original data:

Simple lossy image compression for various threshold values :

Show reconstructed data along with the number of nonzero values as a measure of compression:

Total number of pixel values in all channels of original image:

Properties & Relations  (4)

The best basis coefficients typically contain fewer, larger nonzero values than the original data:

Compare default basis for wavelet packet transforms with best basis:

Compare with the basis for non-packet wavelet transforms:

Non-packet transforms give a DiscreteWaveletData object with a permanently fixed basis:

The basis includes the detail coefficients {,1} and the last coarse coefficient {,0}:

The result of WaveletBestBasis[dwd] has exactly the same wavelet coefficients as dwd:

Only the wavelet basis is different:

The {} coefficient of "BestBasisCostValues" is the cost value of the original data:

Directly compute log-energy from the data:

The log-energy of the best basis is lower than that of the data:

Possible Issues  (5)

DiscreteWaveletTransform does not compute the full tree of wavelet coefficients:

Use DiscreteWaveletPacketTransform to get the full tree:

The cost function must be additive with respect to Join:

The specified function is not additive:

Modify the cost function to be additive:

The cost function must be zero for zero-valued coefficients:

Modify the cost function to be compatible:

The best basis algorithm requires numeric coefficients:

Use specific numerical values:

An explicit basis specification wind needs to be consistent:

A basis cannot include both {1} and {1,0} since {1,0} can be computed from {1}:

Select a basis using a consistent wind specification:

Introduced in 2010