Generalized lifting

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Lifting scheme
Block diagram of the (forward) lifting scheme transform

The generalized lifting scheme was developed by Joel Solé and Philippe Salembier and published in Solé's PhD dissertation.[1] It is based on the classical lifting scheme and generalizes it by breaking out a restriction hidden in the scheme structure. The classical lifting scheme has three kinds of operations:

  1. A lazy wavelet transform splits signal in two new signals: the odd-samples signal denoted by and the even-samples signal denoted by .
  2. A prediction step computes a prediction for the odd samples, based on the even samples (or vice versa). This prediction is subtracted from the odd samples, creating an error signal .
  3. An update step recalibrates the low-frequency branch with some of the energy removed during subsampling. In the case of classical lifting, this is used in order to "prepare" the signal for the next prediction step. It uses the predicted odd samples to prepare the even ones (or vice versa). This update is subtracted from the even samples, producing the signal denoted by .

The scheme is invertible due to its structure. In the receiver, the update step is computed first with its result added back to the even samples, and then it is possible to compute exactly the same prediction to add to the odd samples. In order to recover the original signal, the lazy wavelet transform has to be inverted. Generalized lifting scheme has the same three kinds of operations. However, this scheme avoids the addition-subtraction restriction that offered classical lifting, which has some consequences. For example, the design of all steps must guarantee the scheme invertibility (not guaranteed if the addition-subtraction restriction is avoided).


Generalized Lifting Scheme.
The (forward) Generalized Lifting Scheme transform block diagram.

Generalized lifting scheme is a dyadic transform that follows these rules:

  1. Deinterleaves the input into a stream of even-numbered samples and another stream of odd-numbered samples. This is sometimes referred to as a Lazy Wavelet Transform.
  2. Computes a Prediction Mapping. This step tries to predict odd samples taking into account the even ones (or vice versa). There is a mapping from the space of the samples in to the space of the samples in . In this case the samples (from ) chosen to be the reference for are called the context. It could be expressed as:
  3. Computes an Update Mapping. This step tries to update the even samples taking into account the odd predicted samples. It would be a kind of preparation for the next prediction step, if any. It could be expressed as:

Obviously, these mappings cannot be any functions. In order to guarantee the invertibility of the scheme itself, all mappings involved in the transform must be invertible. In case that mappings arise and arrive on finite sets (discrete bounded value signals), this condition is equivalent to saying that mappings are injective (one-to-one). Moreover, if a mapping goes from one set to a set of the same cardinality, it should be bijective.

In the Generalized Lifting Scheme the addition/subtraction restriction is avoided by including this step in the mapping. In this way the Classical Lifting Scheme is generalized.


Some designs have been developed for the prediction-step mapping. The update-step design has not been considered as thoroughly, because it remains to be answered how exactly the update step is useful. The main application of this technique is image compression. There some interesting references such as,[2][3][4] and.[5]


  1. ^ Ph.D. dissertation: Optimization and Generalization of Lifting Schemes: Application to Lossless Image Compression.
  2. ^ Rolon, J. C.; Salembier, P. (Nov 7–9, 2007). "Generalized Lifting for Sparse Image Representation and Coding" (PDF). Picture Coding Symposiu, PCS 2007.
  3. ^ Rolon, J. C.; Salembier, P.; Alameda, X. (Oct 12–15, 2008). "Image Compression with Generalized Lifting and partial knowledge of the signal pdf" (PDF). International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP'08.
  4. ^ Rolon, J. C.; Ortega, A.; Salembier, P. "Modeling of Contours in Wavelet Domain for Generalized Lifting Image Compression" (PDF). ICASSP 2009 (submitted).
  5. ^ Rolon, J. C.; Mendonça, E.; Salembier, P. Generalized Lifting With Adaptive Local pdf estimation for Image Coding (PDF).