Image Quality Assessment: Unifying Structure and Texture Similarity

16 Apr 2020  ·  Keyan Ding, Kede Ma, Shiqi Wang, Eero P. Simoncelli ·

Objective measures of image quality generally operate by comparing pixels of a "degraded" image to those of the original. Relative to human observers, these measures are overly sensitive to resampling of texture regions (e.g., replacing one patch of grass with another). Here, we develop the first full-reference image quality model with explicit tolerance to texture resampling. Using a convolutional neural network, we construct an injective and differentiable function that transforms images to multi-scale overcomplete representations. We demonstrate empirically that the spatial averages of the feature maps in this representation capture texture appearance, in that they provide a set of sufficient statistical constraints to synthesize a wide variety of texture patterns. We then describe an image quality method that combines correlations of these spatial averages ("texture similarity") with correlations of the feature maps ("structure similarity"). The parameters of the proposed measure are jointly optimized to match human ratings of image quality, while minimizing the reported distances between subimages cropped from the same texture images. Experiments show that the optimized method explains human perceptual scores, both on conventional image quality databases, as well as on texture databases. The measure also offers competitive performance on related tasks such as texture classification and retrieval. Finally, we show that our method is relatively insensitive to geometric transformations (e.g., translation and dilation), without use of any specialized training or data augmentation. Code is available at https://github.com/dingkeyan93/DISTS.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Video Quality Assessment MSU Video Quality Metrics Benchmark DISTS SRCC 0.8392 # 12
PLCC 0.9028 # 8
KLCC 0.6794 # 12
Type FR # 1

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