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Evaluation of Histogram Equalisation and Reversible Data Hiding Method with Image Contrast Improvement


Reshma Pathan , Nuva College of Engineering & Technology; Naziya Pathan, Nuva College of Engineering & Technology; Ankur Shrivastav, Nuva College of Engineering & Technology


Reversible Data Hiding, Histogram Modification, Location Map, Contrast Enhancement, PSNR


Reversible data hiding (RDH) is a special kind of data hiding technique which can exactly recover the cover image from the stego image after extracting the hidden data. Recently, Wu et al. proposed a novel RDH method with contrast enhancement (RDH-CE). RDH-CE achieved a good effect in improving visual quality especially for poorly illustrated images. In Wu s method, however, the PSNR of stego image is relatively low and embedding performance is largely influenced by the histogram distribution of cover image. Since PSNR is still considered as one of the most important metrics for evaluating the RDH performance, this paper presents a reliable RDH method based on adaptive histogram shifting for gray-scale images to improve the PSNR of stego image while maintaining the good effect of the contrast enhancement obtained by RDH-CE. The proposed method has been applied to two image sets and compared with the previous methods. For image quality assessment, the PSNR, SSIM and three no-reference metrics have been adopted in performance evaluation. The experimental results have clearly shown that better visual quality can be achieved with the proposed method. Besides recovering the original images, extra data can be hidden into the contrast-enhanced images and correctly extracted.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV7I40216
Published in: Volume : 7, Issue : 4
Publication Date: 01/07/2019
Page(s): 163-166

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