||Hartenstein, H., Saupe, D.
||Cost-based region growing for fractal image compression
||For application in fractal coding we investigate image partitionings that are derived by a merge process starting with a uniform partition. At each merging step one would like to opt for the rate-distortion optimal choice. Unfortunately, this is computationally infeasible when efficient coders for the partition information are employed. Therefore, one has to use a model for estimating the coding costs. We discuss merging criteria that depend on variance or collage error and on the Euclidean length of the partition boundaries. Preliminary tests indicate that improved coding costs estimators may be of crucial importance for the success of our approach.