Error-tolerant Scribbles Based Interactive Image Segmentation

Junjie Bai, Xiaodong Wu; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 392-399


Scribbles in scribble-based interactive segmentation such as graph-cut are usually assumed to be perfectly accurate, i.e., foreground scribble pixels will never be segmented as background in the final segmentation. However, it can be hard to draw perfectly accurate scribbles, especially on fine structures of the image or on mobile touch-screen devices. In this paper, we propose a novel ratio energy function that tolerates errors in the user input while encouraging maximum use of the user input information. More specifically, the ratio energy aims to minimize the graph-cut energy while maximizing the user input respected in the segmentation. The ratio energy function can be exactly optimized using an efficient iterated graph cut algorithm. The robustness of the proposed method is validated on the GrabCut dataset using both synthetic scribbles and manual scribbles. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm is robust to the errors in the user input and preserves the "anchoring" capability of the user input.

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author = {Bai, Junjie and Wu, Xiaodong},
title = {Error-tolerant Scribbles Based Interactive Image Segmentation},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}