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24 January 2011 A universal reference-free blurriness measure
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Proceedings Volume 7867, Image Quality and System Performance VIII; 78670B (2011) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.872477
Event: IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, 2011, San Francisco Airport, California, United States
Abstract
The perceptual quality of digital imagery is of great interest in many applications. Blur artifacts can be among the most annoying in processed images and video sequences. In many applications of perceptual quality assessment, a reference is not available. Therefore no-reference blurriness measures are of interest. In this paper, we present a universal, reference-free blurriness measurement approach. While some other methods are designed for a particular source of blurriness such as block-based compression, the proposed is universal in that it should work for any source of blur. The proposed approach models the gradient image of the given image as Markov chain and utilizes transition probabilities to compute a blurriness measure. This is the first time that transition probabilities are applied to perceptual quality assessment. Specifically, we first compute the transition probabilities for selected pairs of gradient values and then combine these probabilities, using a pooling strategy, to formulate the blurriness measure. Experimental studies compare the proposed method to the state-of-the-art reference-free blurriness measurement algorithms and show that the proposed method outperforms the commonly used measures.
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Chunhua Chen, Wen Chen, and Jeffrey A. Bloom "A universal reference-free blurriness measure", Proc. SPIE 7867, Image Quality and System Performance VIII, 78670B (24 January 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.872477
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