Understanding and Mapping Natural Beauty

Scott Workman, Richard Souvenir, Nathan Jacobs; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 5589-5598


While natural beauty is often considered a subjective property of images, in this paper, we take an objective approach and provide methods for quantifying and predicting the scenicness of an image. Using a dataset containing hundreds of thousands of outdoor images captured throughout Great Britain with crowdsourced ratings of natural beauty, we propose an approach to predict scenicness which explicitly accounts for the variance of human ratings. We demonstrate that quantitative measures of scenicness can benefit semantic image understanding, content-aware image processing, and a novel application of cross-view mapping, where the sparsity of ground-level images can be addressed by incorporating unlabeled overhead images in the training and prediction steps. For each application, our methods for scenicness prediction result in quantitative and qualitative improvements over baseline approaches.

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author = {Workman, Scott and Souvenir, Richard and Jacobs, Nathan},
title = {Understanding and Mapping Natural Beauty},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}