24 November 2014 No-reference quality assessment based on visual perception
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Proceedings Volume 9301, International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2014: Image Processing and Pattern Recognition; 93012A (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2072586
Event: International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2014, 2014, Beijing, China
Abstract
The visual quality assessment of images/videos is an ongoing hot research topic, which has become more and more important for numerous image and video processing applications with the rapid development of digital imaging and communication technologies. The goal of image quality assessment (IQA) algorithms is to automatically assess the quality of images/videos in agreement with human quality judgments. Up to now, two kinds of models have been used for IQA, namely full-reference (FR) and no-reference (NR) models. For FR models, IQA algorithms interpret image quality as fidelity or similarity with a perfect image in some perceptual space. However, the reference image is not available in many practical applications, and a NR IQA approach is desired. Considering natural vision as optimized by the millions of years of evolutionary pressure, many methods attempt to achieve consistency in quality prediction by modeling salient physiological and psychological features of the human visual system (HVS). To reach this goal, researchers try to simulate HVS with image sparsity coding and supervised machine learning, which are two main features of HVS. A typical HVS captures the scenes by sparsity coding, and uses experienced knowledge to apperceive objects. In this paper, we propose a novel IQA approach based on visual perception. Firstly, a standard model of HVS is studied and analyzed, and the sparse representation of image is accomplished with the model; and then, the mapping correlation between sparse codes and subjective quality scores is trained with the regression technique of least squaresupport vector machine (LS-SVM), which gains the regressor that can predict the image quality; the visual metric of image is predicted with the trained regressor at last. We validate the performance of proposed approach on Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE) database, the specific contents of the type of distortions present in the database are: 227 images of JPEG2000, 233 images of JPEG, 174 images of White Noise, 174 images of Gaussian Blur, 174 images of Fast Fading. The database includes subjective differential mean opinion score (DMOS) for each image. The experimental results show that the proposed approach not only can assess many kinds of distorted images quality, but also exhibits a superior accuracy and monotonicity.
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Junshan Li, Yawei Yang, Shuangyan Hu, Jiao Zhang, "No-reference quality assessment based on visual perception", Proc. SPIE 9301, International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2014: Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, 93012A (24 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2072586; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2072586
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