Entropy Based Data Expansion Method for Blind Image Quality Assessment

Xiaodi Guan, Lijun He, Mengyue Li, Fan Li
2019 Entropy  
Image quality assessment (IQA) is a fundamental technology for image applications that can help correct low-quality images during the capture process. The ability to expand distorted images and create human visual system (HVS)-aware labels for training is the key to performing IQA tasks using deep neural networks (DNNs), and image quality is highly sensitive to changes in entropy. Therefore, a new data expansion method based on entropy and guided by saliency and distortion is proposed in this
more » ... per. We introduce saliency into a large-scale expansion strategy for the first time. We regionally add distortion to a set of original images to obtain a distorted image database and label the distorted images using entropy. The careful design of the distorted images and the entropy-based labels fully reflects the influences of both saliency and distortion on quality. The expanded database plays an important role in the application of a DNN for IQA. Experimental results on IQA databases demonstrate the effectiveness of the expansion method, and the network's prediction effect on the IQA databases is found to be improved compared with its predecessor algorithm. Therefore, we conclude that a data expansion approach that fully reflects HVS-aware quality factors is beneficial for IQA. This study presents a novel method for incorporating saliency into IQA, namely, representing it as regional distortion.
doi:10.3390/e22010060 pmid:33285835 pmcid:PMC7516492 fatcat:jyz2c2horfawhhnu2g2wl67ezy