Title: No reference image quality assessment using blocked-based and frequency domain statistical features: a machine learning approach

Authors: Jayashri V. Bagade; Kulbir Singh; Yogesh H. Dandawate

Addresses: Department of Information Technology, Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology, S. No. 2/3/4, Kndhwa Bk., Pune 411048, Maharashtra, India ' Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, Thapar University, Patiala 147004, Punjab, India ' Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology, S. No. 2/3/4, Kondhwa Bk., Pune 411048, Maharashtra, India

Abstract: Images are compressed using lossy compression for fast transmission and efficient storage. Due compression artefacts quality of images are degraded. In web application, unavailability of an original image is a major challenge to evaluate quality of images. Therefore there is an immense need to develop a quality metric that will automatically assess quality without referring the original image. In this paper, no reference image quality assessment scheme using the machine learning approach is proposed. The block-based features brightness, contrast, local amplitude, texture and other parameters of the degraded images are calculated along with first order and second order statistical features in frequency domain. These features are given as inputs to well-trained back propagation neural network whose output is a quality score. The mean opinion score is used as target. The result indicates that accuracy of quality assessment is better in comparison with traditional mathematical predictors.

Keywords: image quality assessment; artificial neural networks; ANNs; no reference quality; compression artefacts; blocking artefacts; ringing artefacts; block-based features; statistical features; quality score; machine learning; back propagation neural networks; mean opinion score; MOS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2014.057990

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2014 Vol.12 No.1, pp.95 - 112

Published online: 22 Nov 2013 *

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