A Novel Nonlinear Regression Approach for Efficient and Accurate Image Matting

Qingsong Zhu, Zhanpeng Zhang, Zhan Song, Yaoqin Xie, Lei Wang
2013 IEEE Signal Processing Letters  
Current image matting approaches are often implemented based upon color samples under various local assumptions. In this letter, a novel image matting algorithm is investigated by treating the alpha matting as a regression problem. Specifically, we learn spatially-varying relations between pixel features and alpha values using support vector regression. Via the learning-based approach, limitations caused by local image assumptions can be greatly relieved. In addition, the computed confidence
more » ... ms in learning phase can be conveniently integrated with other matting approaches for the matting accuracy improvement. Qualitative and quantitative evaluations are implemented with a public matting benchmark. And the results are compared with some recent matting algorithms to show its advantages in both efficiency and accuracy.
doi:10.1109/lsp.2013.2274874 fatcat:juj6xyqg2ffaln22lbn3ydbnny