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May 6, 2008

Pixcavator’s processing time

I’ve tried a variety of images and, as the diagram indicates, the processing time appears to depend linearly on the number N of pixels in the image. Roughly, 40 seconds for each million pixels in the image. The testing was done on HP Pavilion laptop with Intel Core 2 Dual CPU T7500 2.2GHz.


I can’t improve my estimate though. It’s O(N^2) (link to the article in Wikipedia). That’s how we get it. The analysis algorithm works as follows:

  • Each pixel is processed separately.
  • For each of the N pixels an object is created and you may have to run around it to mark its edges.
  • If this object is very thin and fills the image (like this spiral), its perimeter is proportional to N.

My feeling is that the images of this kind are unusual. Maps may be close, as well as microchips, or anything fractal-like. Cells are OK.







Update: The estimate O(N^2) refers to the time of image analysis - creation of the graph. After that, you still have to run up and down this graph to come up with the output data. BTW, the size of the graph and, therefore, the memory depends linearly on N, O(N).

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