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COLORQUANT(3)		   Library Functions Manual		 COLORQUANT(3)

NAME
       colorquant - variance-based color quantization

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<colorquant.h>
       int  colorquant(red, green, blue, npix, colormap, colors, bits, rgbmap,
	      flags, accum_hist)
       unsigned	char *red, *green, *blue;
       unsigned	long npix;
       unsigned	char *colormap[3];
       int colors, bits;
       unsigned	char *rgbmap;
       int flags;
       int accum_hist;

DESCRIPTION
       Colorquant performs variance-based color	quantization on	a given	image.
       A  representative  colormap  and	a table	for performing RGB to colormap
       index mapping are computed.  The	number of colors to  which  the	 image
       was  quantized  (the  total number of colormap entries computed)	is re-
       turned.	The arguments to colorquant are:

       red, green, blue
	      The red, green and blue channels of the image.  The ith pixel is
	      represented  as  the  RGB	 triple	 (red[i],  green[i], blue[i]).
	      These arrays usually contain values  that	 have  been  'prequan-
	      tized' (see below).

       npix   The  length, in bytes, of	the red, green and blue	arrays.	 Equal
	      to the total number of pixels in the image.

       colormap
	      Points to	a pre-allocated, three-channel colormap.  These	arrays
	      will  be	filled	with the colormap values computed by the vari-
	      ance-based color quantization algorithm.	 colormap[0][i],  col-
	      ormap[1][i],  and	 colormap[2][i]	 are,  respectively,  the red,
	      green and	blue components	of the ith colormap entry.

       colors The number of pre-allocated colormap entries.  The image will be
	      quantized	to at most this	many colors.

       bits   The  number  of significant bits in each entry of	the red, green
	      and blue arrays.	Normally, the red, green and blue arrays  con-
	      tain values that have been prequantized to fewer than eight sig-
	      nificant bits (see flags below).	Five significant bits  usually
	      represents  a  good  tradeoff  between image quality and running
	      time.  Anything above six	significant bits will likely  lead  to
	      excessive	 paging,  as  the size of rgbmap and the internal his-
	      togram are proportional to (2^bits)^3.

       rgbmap A	pointer	to an array of	unsigned  chars	 of  size  (2^bits)^3.
	      This  array is used to map from pixels to	colormap entries.  The
	      prequantized red,	green and blue components of a pixel are  used
	      as  an index into	this array to retrieve the colormap index that
	      should be	used to	represent the pixel.  The array	is indexed as:
		   colorindex =	rgbmap[(((r << bits) | g) << bits) | b];
	      where r, g, and b	are the	prequantized red, green	and blue  com-
	      ponents of the pixel in question.

       flags  A	 collection  of	 bit-flags  that  modify the operation of col-
	      orquant.	Currently defined values are CQ_FAST, CQ_QUANTIZE, and
	      CQ_NO_RGBMAP.
	      If CQ_FAST is set, the construction of rgbmap will be relatively
	      fast.  If	not, rgbmap will be built slowly but more  accurately.
	      In  most cases, the error	introduced by the 'fast' approximation
	      is barely	noticeable.
	      If CQ_QUANTIZE is	set, the values	in red,	green,	and  blue  are
	      taken  as	8-bit values and will be quantized to bits significant
	      bits by colorquant.  If not set, these values are	assumed	to  be
	      prequantized.
	      If CQ_NO_RGBMAP is set, rgbmap will not be built.

       accum_hist
	      This  argument provides a	facility to accumulate multiple	images
	      into a single colormap.  If  accum_hist  is  zero,  the  routine
	      works  normally.	 To  build  a colormap for several images, ac-
	      cum_hist should have the value 1 for the first image, and	2  for
	      subsequent images.  Finally, after all the images	have been pro-
	      cessed, a	value of 3 for accum_hist will	compute	 the  colormap
	      and  rgbmap.   The  values  of colors and	bits should not	change
	      during this process.  The	arguments colormap, rgbmap,  and  fast
	      are  ignored  if accum_hist is 1 or 2, and red, green, blue, and
	      npix are ignored if accum_hist is	3.

AUTHOR
       Craig Kolb, Yale	University.
       Martin Friedmann, MIT Media Lab did the accum_hist changes.

REFERENCE
       Wan, Wong, and Prusinkiewicz, An	Algorithm  for	Multidimensional  Data
       Clustering,  Transactions  on  Mathematical Software, Vol. 14 #2	(June,
       1988), pp. 153-162.

SEE ALSO
       rlequant(1), inv_cmap(3).

4th Berkeley Distribution	August 14, 1989			 COLORQUANT(3)

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