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A universal reference-free blurriness measure
Author(s): Chunhua Chen; Wen Chen; Jeffrey A. Bloom
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Paper Abstract

The perceptual quality of digital imagery is of great interest in many applications. Blur artifacts can be among the most annoying in processed images and video sequences. In many applications of perceptual quality assessment, a reference is not available. Therefore no-reference blurriness measures are of interest. In this paper, we present a universal, reference-free blurriness measurement approach. While some other methods are designed for a particular source of blurriness such as block-based compression, the proposed is universal in that it should work for any source of blur. The proposed approach models the gradient image of the given image as Markov chain and utilizes transition probabilities to compute a blurriness measure. This is the first time that transition probabilities are applied to perceptual quality assessment. Specifically, we first compute the transition probabilities for selected pairs of gradient values and then combine these probabilities, using a pooling strategy, to formulate the blurriness measure. Experimental studies compare the proposed method to the state-of-the-art reference-free blurriness measurement algorithms and show that the proposed method outperforms the commonly used measures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7867, Image Quality and System Performance VIII, 78670B (24 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872477
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Chunhua Chen, Dialogic Media Labs (United States)
Wen Chen, Dialogic Media Labs (United States)
Jeffrey A. Bloom, Dialogic Media Labs (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7867:
Image Quality and System Performance VIII
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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