# peak valley detection

1. ## peak valley detection

Hi,
I intend to detect a valley which preceds a large peak in a set of values. Attaching an image for your reference. I should not detect any other valleys. Please let me know if it is possible or not. I intend to detect only the valleys denoted by blue point.
Thanks

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2. ## Re: peak valley detection

you need to set some value "delta". If the difference between two adjacent points is greater than that delta, you've found a valley.

3. ## Re: peak valley detection

There are a lot of algorithms on the web covering the subject "peak detection". You could somehow to invert the above graph ( eg. subtracting tha current value from the maximum ) to make use of some of these algorithms to find the points where the maximum ( actually, the minimum ) occurs.

4. ## Re: peak valley detection

Originally Posted by barry
you need to set some value "delta". If the difference between two adjacent points is greater than that delta, you've found a valley.
the issue is am not sure about the delta it varies all along.

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5. ## Re: peak valley detection

You need to define your criteria better. For example, why does that second unmarked minimum not qualify as what you are calling a 'valley'? Is it because it is not far enough away from the adjacent peaks? Is it because it is not below some absolute threshold? Is a'valley' valid relative only to a previous peak, or to previous and subsequent peaks? If you took the derivative of your data you could find minima that way?

6. ## Re: peak valley detection

the plot represents the intensity value along the horizontal. So my target is to extract the region where the intensity rises drastically hence I am not concerned about the second valley. thats the reason its becoming difficult for me.

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7. ## Re: peak valley detection

Originally Posted by jenthom
the plot represents the intensity value along the horizontal. So my target is to extract the region where the intensity rises drastically hence I am not concerned about the second valley. thats the reason its becoming difficult for me.
You're losing me. What do you mean "the intensity value along the horizontal"? It doesn't matter; you've got some data plotted in an x-y plane. The slope ("intensity rise", as you seem to call it) of the unaccepted valley looks the same as at your other valleys. There must be some other criteria you are using.

8. ## Re: peak valley detection

From your description you want some sort of algorithm to detect a rise in intensity that exceeds some previous N samples before saying a valley has been detected. That is why the 2nd valley isn't detected because the first peak to second value to next peak occurs too rapidly and the peaks are nearly the same height?

If so use some sort of filtering algorithm as you scan through the data to determine if the duration of a valley is long enough and the next peak is higher than that filter output. Perhaps a simple boxcar (or moving) average would suffice to tell you if the rise in the peak following a valley is greater than some minimum threshold. This would also not detect peaks that rise too slowly as the boxcar average would likely be over the minimum.

9. ## Re: peak valley detection

According to my own experience, each kind of data require a specific treatment, and you'll have to make experiments to better feel what it is necessary. In other words, there will be needed to use all those concepts mentioned above, but having to adjust parameters, or even to swap the order of the execution of some functions.

10. ## Re: peak valley detection

I am sorry if i didnt make any sense but with varying intensity value I mean the variation of black pixels along the horizontal so the first column represent the sum of pixels that are black in the first column and so on...so I make a plot of this data which is shown here. So I am not interested in small valleys as the variation is less there. May be I could keep some threshold for detecting the valleys, but still the question arises how will I detect if its a valley. I am very new to this so pardon me if I am not able to be very clear.

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11. ## Re: peak valley detection

Then maybe something simpler like a sliding window with a check for a (MAX/MIN> threshold) AND (MINx < MAXx), that would be pretty easy to implement.

12. ## Re: peak valley detection

Then maybe something simpler like a sliding window with a check for a (MAX/MIN> threshold) AND (MINx < MAXx), that would be pretty easy to implement.
I would improve this method with barry's advice:
Taking the local MIN together with a derivative of the window could give a more strong metric.

13. ## Re: peak valley detection

by sliding window should I calculating the moving average ? Or do you mean to calculate the min and max in the sliding window range.

14. ## Re: peak valley detection

by sliding window should I calculating the moving average ? Or do you mean to calculate the min and max in the sliding window range.
Whatever they meaned, how about trying the significance of different criteria for your data yourself?

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