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Numerical category scaling: an efficient method for assessing digital image coding impairments
Author(s): Huib de Ridder; Gijberta M.M. Majoor
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Paper Abstract

A current problem in perceptual image quality assessment is the evaluation of the visible effects of digital image coding on the perceptual quality of images displayed on video screens. These effects are anticipated to be too small to be assessed by the widely employed method of rating on a category scale consisting of adjectives. A possible solution to this problem is to enhance the flexibility of category scaling by using numbers instead of adjectives. In that case the category scale can, in principle, adapt to any given quality range. In this paper experiments are described in which numerical category scaling has been used to assess impairment of perceptual image quality due to quantization errors in scale-space coding. The results show that (1) direct numerical category scaling is an efficient method for assessing slight effects like the ones usually encountered in digitally coded images, (2) direct category scaling and a scaling procedure in accordance with functional measurement theory end in the same functional relationship between impairment and degree of quantization, and (3) unrelated impairments add up to form the overall impression of impairment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1249, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging: Models, Methods, and Applications, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19661
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Huib de Ridder, Institute for Perception Research (Netherlands)
Gijberta M.M. Majoor, Institute for Perception Research (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1249:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging: Models, Methods, and Applications
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Jan P. Allebach, Editor(s)

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