• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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Optimal Image Quality Assessment based on Distortion Classification and Color Perception


Abstract

The Structural SIMilarity (SSIM) index is one of the most widely-used methods for perceptual image quality assessment (IQA). It is based on the principle that the human visual system (HVS) is sensitive to the overall structure of an image. However, it has been reported that indices predicted by SSIM tend to be biased depending on the type of distortion, which increases the deviation from the main regression curve. Consequently, SSIM can result in serious performance degradation. In this study, we investigate the aforementioned phenomenon from a new perspective and review a constant that plays a big role within the SSIM metric but has been overlooked thus far. Through an experimental study on the influence of this constant in evaluating images with SSIM, we are able to propose a new solution that resolves this issue. In the proposed IQA method, we first design a system to classify different types of distortion, and then match an optimal constant to each type. In addition, we supplement the proposed method by adding color perception-based structural information. For a comprehensive assessment, we compare the proposed method with 15 existing IQA methods. The experimental results show that the proposed method is more consistent with the HVS than the other methods.


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Cite this article

[IEEE Style]
J. Lee and Y. Kim, "Optimal Image Quality Assessment based on Distortion Classification and Color Perception," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 257-271, 2016. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.01.015.

[ACM Style]
Jee-Yong Lee and Young-Jin Kim. 2016. Optimal Image Quality Assessment based on Distortion Classification and Color Perception. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 10, 1, (2016), 257-271. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.01.015.