||Hamzaoui, R., Müller, M., Saupe, D.
||VQ enhanced fractal image compression
||A novel hybrid scheme combining fractal image compression with mean-removed shape-gain vector quantization is presented. The scheme uses a small set of VQ codebook blocks as a block classifier for the domain blocks and as an alternative means of coding when able to provide a satisfying distortion. Our scheme is shown to improve the performance of conventional fractal coding in all its aspects. The rate-distortion curve is ameliorated, and both the encoding and the decoding are faster.