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Are existing procedures enough? Image and video quality assessment: review of subjective and objective metrics
Author(s): Sonia Ouni; Majed Chambah; Michel Herbin; Ezzeddine Zagrouba
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Paper Abstract

Images and videos are subject to a wide variety of distortions during acquisition, digitizing, processing, restoration, compression, storage, transmission and reproduction, any of which may result in degradation in visual quality. That is why image quality assessment plays a major role in many image processing applications. Image and video quality metrics can be classified by using a number of criteria such as the type of the application domain, the predicted distortion (noise, blur, etc.) and the type of information needed to assess the quality (original image, distorted image, etc.). In the literature, the most reliable way of assessing the quality of an image or of a video is subjective evaluation [1], because human beings are the ultimate receivers in most applications. The subjective quality metric, obtained from a number of human observers, has been regarded for many years as the most reliable form of quality measurement. However, this approach is too cumbersome, slow and expensive for most applications [2]. So, in recent years a great effort has been made towards the development of quantitative measures. The objective quality evaluation is automated, done in real time and needs no user interaction. But ideally, such a quality assessment system would perceive and measure image or video impairments just like a human being [3]. The quality assessment is so important and is still an active and evolving research topic because it is a central issue in the design, implementation, and performance testing of all systems [4, 5]. Usually, the relevant literature and the related work present only a state of the art of metrics that are limited to a specific application domain. The major goal of this paper is to present a wider state of the art of the most used metrics in several application domains such as compression [6], restoration [7], etc. In this paper, we review the basic concepts and methods in subjective and objective image/video quality assessment research and we discuss their performances and drawbacks in each application domain. We show that if in some domains a lot of work has been done and several metrics were developed, on the other hand, in some other domains a lot of work has to be done and specific metrics need to be developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6808, Image Quality and System Performance V, 68080Q (28 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.760803
Show Author Affiliations
Sonia Ouni, Univ. de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)
Institut Supérieur d’Informatique (Tunisia)
Majed Chambah, Univ. de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)
Michel Herbin, Univ. de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)
Ezzeddine Zagrouba, Institut Supérieur d’Informatique (Tunisia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6808:
Image Quality and System Performance V
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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