James E. Fowler — Publications
J. E. Fowler and R. Yagel, "Lossless Compression of Volume Data," in Proceedings of the 1994 Symposium on Volume Visualization, Washington, DC, October 1994, pp. 43-53.
Data in volume form consumes an extraordinary amount of storage space. For efficient storage and transmission of such data, compression algorithms are imperative. However, most volumetric datasets are used in biomedicine and other scientific applications where lossy compression is unacceptable. We present a lossless data-compression algorithm which, being oriented specifically for volume data, achieves greater compression performance than generic compression algorithms that are typically available on modern computer systems. Our algorithm is a combination of differential pulse-code modulation (DPCM) and Huffman coding and results in compression of around 50% for a set of volume data files.
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