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Ternary Embedding Technique. CHEN CHEN XIAOYU HUANG. Introduction of Steganography. A group of data hiding technique ,which hides data in undetectable way. Features extracted from modified images and original images have to be statistically undistinguishable

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Ternary embedding technique

Ternary Embedding Technique



Introduction of steganography

Introduction of Steganography

  • A group of data hiding technique ,which hides data in undetectable way.

  • Features extracted from modified images and original images have to be statistically undistinguishable

  • Images, audio, video, text…..digital compressed images(JPEG)

Ternary embedding technique1

Ternary Embedding Technique

Popular steganographic: ME,MME(Binary computation)

Improving existing steganogrphic data hiding

methods by replacing the binary computation to

ternary----ternary coefficients

Higher information density

Larger number of possible solutions

Better solution with minimum distortion impact

Background information of jpeg

Background information of JPEG

Ternary embedding technique

  • JPEG was designed specifically to discard information that the human eye cannot easily see.

Ternary embedding technique

  • Partition image into 8x8 blocks, left-to-right, top-to-bottom

  • Compute Discrete Cosine Transform(DCT) of each block

  • Quantize coefficients according to psychovisual quantization tables

  • Order DCT coefficients in zigzag order

  • Perform runlength coding of bitstream of all coefficients of a block

  • Perform Huffman coding for symbols formed by bit patterns of a block

Ternary embedding technique

Discrete Cosine Transform(DCT)

The first step reduces the dynamic range requirements in the DCT processing stage that followsV(i,j) is the dot of original image;F(0,0) is the Direct Current, other F(u,v) is Alternating Current



  • Quantisation is a process to transfer DCT coefficients to a smaller range. The purpose of quantisation is to reduce the non-zero coefficients’ amplitute and increase the number of zero coefficients(high frequency).

  • Quantisation is the main reason causes a picture’s quality drops.

Ternary embedding technique

  • Sq(u,v) is the result after quantisation

  • F(u,v)is the DCT coefficients

  • Q(u,v)is the quantisation table

  • Roundis the function to round up or down



Consider a 8x8 block

using formula F(i,j)=V(i,j)-128, we get a block



  • Using DCT, we get a result of

  • -415 is the Direct Current

  • Consider a quantisation table



  • Using formula

    We get a result

Information hiding in jpeg coefficients

Information Hiding in JPEG Coefficients

  • Information hiding into JPEG image adds more distortion beside the JPEG compression rounding errors:

  • Example: C’1=4.23, C’’1=4, r1=0.23

Information hiding in jpeg coefficients1

Information Hiding in JPEG Coefficients

  • A message M is to be embedded into C’, and the message embedded set is S.

  • We denote LSB(ci’’ ) as xi. If xi= mi, then si= ci. If xi≠ mi, then,

  • To minimize the absolute value of ri

Information hiding in jpeg coefficients2

Information Hiding in JPEG Coefficients

  • The distortion, di, is given by

  • Finally, the additional distortion eicaused by changing any single bit ci is given by

  • A goal in information hiding is to design embedding functions to minimizing the distortion

Modified matrix coding

Modified Matrix Coding

  • The notation (t, n, k),where n = 2k − 1. denotes embedding kmessage bits into an nbit sized block by changing t bits of it.

  • Divides cover data C, into blocks of length n and message data M, into blocks of length k.

  • Matrix Coding: t=1

  • Modified Matrix Coding: t>=1

  • t≥1 is more efficient than t=1.

Matrix coding example 1

Matrix Coding-Example 1

  • two bits x1, x2

  • three modifiable bit places a1, a2, a3

  • hanging one place at most.

  • In all four cases we do not change more than one bit

Matrix coding

Matrix Coding

  • Parity check matrix (H): dependency between message bits and code word bits

    • Ex: k=3, n=2^k-1 = 7, H:0 0 0 1 1 1 1

      0 1 1 0 0 1 1

      1 0 1 0 1 0 1

  • X = H•CT p=binvec2dec(X⊕M)

  • Change pto embed message bits

    Cp = ¬Cp (1->0 and 0->1)

Ternary embedding technique

  • Example:

  • A cover block C = (1 0 0 1 0 0 0)

  • The message to be transmitted M=(1 1 0)

    Parity check matrix H=0 0 0 1 1 1 1

    0 1 1 0 0 1 1

    1 0 1 0 1 0 1

    We have X = H•CT = 1



  • andp=binvec2dec(X⊕M) = 3

  • Then we change the 3rd bit in the cover C, resulting in S = (1 0 1 1 0 0 0)

Ternary embedding technique

  • In receiving, we have S, H, we can retrieve m, i.e.,

Modified matrix coding1

Modified Matrix Coding

  • For t = 2, we find pairs of numbers (β, γ) such that β ⊕ γ = p, there are (n−1)/2 such pairs which can be enumerated easily

  • For each of the pairs (βi, γi), the embedding error is given by one of four cases:

  • Find the pair (βi, γi) with the minimum ei

Modified matrix coding2

Modified Matrix Coding

  • Embedding error


  • Embedding error

    Per changed


Modified matrix coding3

Modified Matrix Coding

Modified matrix encoding (MME) always has several solutions and may choose the best one which causes the lowest distortion

The number of possible solutions for MME NMME is computed as follows:

Ternary data hiding technique

Ternary Data Hiding Technique

  • Improvement of MME.

  • converted to the ternary coefficients (i.e., 0,1,2)as follows:

  • Data hiding method uses vector v = (v1, v2, …, vn) (where n = 3m-1), Morg = H•vT;

  • for m = 2, the parity check matrix H: 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2

    1 2 0 1 2 0 1 2

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Ternary Data Hiding Technique

  • modifying one coefficient (2 solutions):

    • C’(j+) = C(j+) + 1, index j+:

    • C’(j-) = C(j-) – 1, index j-:

  • modifying two coefficients (more solutions):

    • Required Morg, j+, j-

    • All two flip solutions: 4 groups

    • coefficients with indexes p1 and p2 modified according (+1,-1), (-1,+1), (+1,+1), (-1,-1)

Table 2 two flip solutions

Table 2. Two flip solutions

Possible solutions

Possible solutions

  • The number of all possible solutions for the proposed method NTE can be computed as follows:

  • More possible solutions than MME.



  • Distortion can be computed as follows:



  • For bitmap image I and binary message M:

    • Divide image into 8 by 8 blocks. Compute rounded DCT coefficients

    • Convert binary message M into ternary Mt. Find maximum m of

      • N is the number on non zero rounded DCT coefficients

    • Divide stream of computed ternary coefficients into blocks of n = 3m-1 coefficients.

    • Hide data to each block, rebuild a stego image.



  • For stego image Istegoprocess following:

    • Get the stream of modified DCT coefficients

    • Define stream of ternary coefficients. Divide stream of ternary coefficients to blocks of n = 3m-1 coefficients.

    • Recover the hidden message from each block using

      M = H•VT

    • Convert ternary hidden message to binary.

Experimental results

Experimental results

  • Tested by powerful steganalysis algorithm by T. Pevny and J. Fridrich [12].

  • Simply, Ternary embedding is better.



  • Some Notes on Steganography, Ron Crandall, Friday, December 18, 1998

  • F5—A Steganographic Algorithm, High Capacity Despite Better Steganalysis, Andreas Westfeld

  • Ternary Data Hiding Technique for JPEG steganography. Vasily Sachnev, Hyoung Joong Kim

  • Modified Matrix Encoding Technique for Minimal Distortion Steganography, Younhee Kim, Zoran Duric, and Dana Richards

  • Wikipedia



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