Quality Assessment for Comparing Image Enhancement Algorithms

Zhengying Chen, Tingting Jiang, Yonghong Tian; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 3003-3010


As the image enhancement algorithms developed in recent years, how to compare the performances of different image enhancement algorithms becomes a novel task. In this paper, we propose a framework to do quality assessment for comparing image enhancement algorithms. Not like traditional image quality assessment approaches, we focus on the relative quality ranking between enhanced images rather than giving an absolute quality score for a single enhanced image. We construct a dataset which contains source images in bad visibility and their enhanced images processed by different enhancement algorithms, and then do subjective assessment in a pair-wise way to get the relative ranking of these enhanced images. A rank function is trained to fit the subjective assessment results, and can be used to predict ranks of new enhanced images which indicate the relative quality of enhancement algorithms. The experimental results show that our proposed approach statistically outperforms state-of-the-art general-purpose NR-IQA algorithms.

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author = {Chen, Zhengying and Jiang, Tingting and Tian, Yonghong},
title = {Quality Assessment for Comparing Image Enhancement Algorithms},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}