What is the chance of happening: A new way to predict where people look

Yezhou Yang, Mingli Song, Na Li, Jiajun Bu, Chun Chen

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Visual attention is an important issue in image and video analysis and keeps being an open problem in the computer vision field. Motivated by the famous Helmholtz principle, a new approach of visual attention analysis is proposed in this paper based on the low level feature statistics of natural images and the Bayesian framework. Firstly, two priors, i.e., Surrounding Feature Prior (SFP) and Single Feature Probability Distribution (SFPD) are learned and integrated by a Bayesian framework to compute the chance of happening (CoH) of each pixel in an image. Then another prior, i.e., Center Bias Prior (CBP), is learned and applied to the CoH to compute the saliency map of the image. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach is both effective and efficient by providing more accurate and quick visual attention location. We make three major contributions in this paper: (1) A set of simple but powerful priors, SFP, SFPD and CBP, are presented in an intuitive way; (2) A computational model of CoH based on Bayesian framework is given to integrate SFP and SFPD together; (3) A computationally plausible way to obtain the saliency map of natural images based on CoH and CBP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2010 - 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
EditionPART 5
ISBN (Print)3642155545, 9783642155543
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 10 2010Sep 11 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 5
Volume6315 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010
CityHeraklion, Crete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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