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Pairwise-comparison-based rank learning for benchmarking image restoration algorithms

Hu, Bo, Li, Leida, Liu, Hantao, Lin, Weisi and Qian, Jiansheng 2019. Pairwise-comparison-based rank learning for benchmarking image restoration algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia 21 (8) , pp. 2042-2056. 10.1109/TMM.2019.2894958

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Abstract

Image restoration has attracted substantial attention recently and many image restoration algorithms have been proposed for restoring latent clear images from degraded images. However, determining how to objectively evaluate the performances of these algorithms remains an open problem, which may hinder the further development of advanced image restoration techniques. Most image restoration quality metrics are designed for specific restoration applications; hence, their generalization ability is limited. For benchmarking image restoration algorithms, the ranking of restored images that are generated via various algorithms is the most heavily considered factor. Inspired by this, this paper presents a pairwise-comparison-based rank learning framework for benchmarking the performances of image restoration algorithms, which focuses on the relative quality ranking of restored images. Under the proposed framework, we further propose a general image restoration quality metric by integrating quality-aware features in both the spatial and frequency domains. The proposed metric exhibits good generalization performance, and it is applicable to various restoration applications. The results of extensive experiments that were conducted on eight public databases of five restoration scenarios demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed method over the existing quality metrics. Moreover, the proposed framework is used to improve the existing quality metrics for benchmarking image restoration algorithms and highly encouraging results are obtained.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 1520-9210
Date of Acceptance: 2 January 2019
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 09:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118779

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