Perceptual indexing of visual information

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The application of Human perceptual models in image and video coding is motivated by the fact that non-perceptual distortion metrics (mean square error) do not correlate well with the perceived quality at lower bit-rates despite their acceptable signal to noise ratio. In this paper, we propose a novel approach for indexing the visual content of images based on human perceptual thresholds employed for encoding. In other words, the thresholds that are employed in perceptual coding also serve as an index. These thresholds depend on the overall luminance, frequency/orientation, and the variety of patterns in an image and can serve as indexing features. These features therefore have the potential to retrieve perceptually similar images in response to a query image. Detailed simulations have been carried out using the proposed indexing concept in the DCT compressed domain. Here, the indices have been computed using the DCTune coding technique, which has been shown to provide a superior visual quality in encoding images. Simulation results demonstrate that superior retrieval performance can be achieved for specific classes of images while comparable performance is obtained for other image classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-984
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume4671 II
StatePublished - 2002
EventViual Communications and Image Processing 2002 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 21 2002Jan 23 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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