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We introduce subshifts of quasi-finite type as a generalization of the well-known subshifts of finite type. This generalization is much less rigid and therefore contains the symbolic dynamics of many non-uniform systems , e.g., piecewise monotonic maps of the interval with positive entropy. Yet many properties remain: existence of finitely many ergodic(More)
We show that a class of robustly transitive diffeomor-phisms originally described by Mañé are intrinsically ergodic. More precisely, we obtain an open set of diffeomorphisms which fail to be uniformly hyperbolic and structurally stable, but nevertheless have the following stability with respect to their entropy. Their topological entropy is constant and(More)
— We give a survey of the entropy theory of interval maps as it can be analyzed using ergodic theory, especially measures of maximum entropy and periodic points. The main tools are (i) a suitable version of Hofbauer's Markov diagram, (ii) the shadowing property and the implied entropy bound and weak rank one property, (iii) strongly positively recurrent(More)
Noise is an important factor in image quality. We analyze it in images produced by digital cameras. We show that, beyond the usual standard deviation measurement, spatial correlations also convey interesting information which allows to (i) better describe the perception of the noise, (ii) analyze an unknown imaging chain. Indeed, knowledge of these spatial(More)
We define color sensitivity or effective color depth based on the "number of reliably distinguished colors", using ideas from information theory. This figure of merit allows the comparison of different sensors or cameras and we indicate how it can be used both for the design of imaging devices and to optimize their adaptation to the scene.