No-Reference Image Quality Assessment Using Sparse Representations
Abstract: In this talk, I will present a novel blind image quality assessment (BIQA) algorithm inspired by the sparse representation of natural images in the human visual system (HVS). The hypothesis behind the proposed method is that the properties of natural images that afford their sparse representation are altered in the presence of distortion. The change in sparsity is quantified to show that it is indeed a measure of the unnaturalness or distortion in an image. Two methods for this quantification will be discussed - one based on the l 2 norm of the error, and the other based on likelihood estimation. The proposed method delivers competitive performance with the state-of- the-art methods. It is both opinion-unaware and distortion-unaware in addition to generating a distortion map to help localise distortions in an image.