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A crude to fine method to detect the salient region
Author(s): Xiaodong Hu; Hong Zhang; Hao Chen; Helong Wang; Mingui Sun
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Paper Abstract

The task of salient region detection aims at establishing the most important and informative regions of an image. In this work, we propose a novel method that tackles such task as a process from superpixel-level locating to pixel-level refining. Firstly, we over-segment the image into superpixels and compute an affinity matrix to estimate the similarity between each two superpixels according to both color contrast and space distribution. The matrix is then applied to aggregate superpixels into several clusters by using affinity propagation. To measure the saliency of each cluster, three parameters are taken into account including color contrast, cluster compactness and proximity to the focus. We appoint the most salient one to three clusters as the crude salient region. For the refining step, we regard each selected superpixel as an influential center. Hence, the saliency value of a pixel is simultaneously determined by all the selected superpixels. Practically, several Gauss curves are constructed based on the selected superpixels. Pixel-wise saliency value is decided by the color distinction and spatial distance between one pixel and the curves’ centers. We evaluate our algorithm on the publicly available dataset with human annotations, and experimental results show that our approach has competitive performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9273, Optoelectronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology III, 92730S (5 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2073607
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Xiaodong Hu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Hong Zhang, Beihang Univ. (China)
Hao Chen, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Helong Wang, China Aviation Industry Group (China)
Mingui Sun, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9273:
Optoelectronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology III
Qionghai Dai; Tsutomu Shimura, Editor(s)

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