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A distortion measure for blocking artifacts in images based on human visual sensitivity

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2 Author(s)
S. A. Karunasekera ; Dept. of Eng., Cambridge Univ., UK ; N. G. Kingsbury

A visual model that gives a distortion measure for blocking artifacts in images is presented. Given the original and reproduced image as inputs, the model output is a numerical value that quantifies the visibility of blocking error in the reproduced image. The model is derived based on the human visual sensitivity to horizontal and vertical edge artifacts that result from blocking. Psychovisual experiments have been carried out to measure the visual sensitivity to these artifacts. In the experiments, typical edge artifacts are shown to subjects and the sensitivity to them is measured with the variation of background luminance, background activity, edge length, and edge amplitude. Synthetic test patterns are used as background images in the experiments. The sensitivity measures thus obtained are used to estimate the model parameters. The final model is tested on real images, and the results show that the error visibility predicted by the model correlates well with the subjective ranking

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 6 )