A 1-D time-varying median filter for seismic random, spike-like noise elimination |

In contrast to useful information, random, spike-like noise in seismic data is neither continuous nor correlative, and a 1-D stationary median filter, having a large filter-window length, can easily remove such noise. However, signal can be damaged by such a filter.

The 1-D TVMF is based on the 1-D stationary median filter. We propose to measure the local noise content of the data and to adjust the filter length adaptively. If a threshold value that judges random noise and estimates noise intensity can be chosen, a filter having a large filter-window length can eliminate random noise while processing useful information by using a small filter-window length. Such a filter can thus effectively eliminate random noise while maximizing preservation of a detailed structure of useful information.

- 1-D stationary median filter (MF)
- Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) estimation using the stack method
- 1-D time-varying median filter (TVMF)

2013-07-26