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Multiscale natural scene statistical analysis for no-reference quality evaluation of DIBR-synthesized views

Gu, Ke, Qiao, Junfei, Lee, Sanghoon, Liu, Hantao, Lin, Weisi and Le Callet, Patrick 2020. Multiscale natural scene statistical analysis for no-reference quality evaluation of DIBR-synthesized views. IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting 66 (1) , pp. 127-139. 10.1109/TBC.2019.2906768

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This paper proposes to blindly evaluate the quality of images synthesized via a depth image-based rendering (DIBR) procedure. As a significant branch of virtual reality (VR), superior DIBR techniques provide free viewpoints in many real applications, including remote surveillance and education; however, limited efforts have been made to measure the performance of DIBR techniques, or equivalently the quality of DIBR-synthesized views, especially in the condition when references are unavailable. To achieve this aim, we develop a novel blind image quality assessment (IQA) method via multiscale natural scene statistical analysis (MNSS). The design principle of our proposed MNSS metric is based on two new natural scene statistics (NSS) models specific to the DBIR-synthesized IQA. First, the DIBR-introduced geometric distortions damage the local self-similarity characteristic of natural images, and the damage degrees of self-similarity present particular variations at different scales. Systematically combining the measurements of the variations mentioned above can gauge the naturalness of the input image and thus indirectly reflect the quality changes of images generated using different DIBR methods. Second, it was found that the degradations in main structures of natural images at different scales remain almost the same, whereas the statistical regularity is destroyed in the DIBR-synthesized views. Estimating the deviation of degradations in main structures at different scales between one DIBR-synthesized image and the statistical model, which is constructed based on a large number of natural images, can quantify how a DIBR method damages the main structures and thus infer the image quality. Via trials, the two NSS-based features extracted above can well predict the quality of DIBR-synthesized images. Further, the two features come from distinct points of view, and we hence integrate them via a straightforward multiplication to derive the proposed blind MNSS metric, which achieves better performance than each component and state-of-the-art quality methods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 0018-9316
Date of Acceptance: 7 February 2019
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 12:58

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