A new image quality measure for assessment of histogram equalization-based contrast enhancement techniques

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Absolute Mean Brightness Error (AMBE) and Entropy are among the two most popular IQMs used to assess Histogram Equalization (HE) based techniques. To the best of author's knowledge, there is no evaluation report on how well the two IQMs correlate to human opinion. This paper reviews and discusses the potential flaws in using AMBE and Entropy to assess HE-based techniques. This paper presents results of a subjective quality assessment in which image quality data obtained from 1935 human observer opinion scores were used to evaluate the IQMs. The statistical evaluation results show that the two IQMs have poor correlation with human mean opinion score (MOS); Pearson Correlation Coefficient (PCC)<0.4, Root Mean Square Error (RMSE)>0.75, Outlier Ratio (OR)>20%. A new IQM which takes into account important properties of human visual perception (HVP) is proposed. It is tested and found to have significantly better correlation (PCC>0.86, RMSE<0.39 and OR=0%). The proposed IQM also outperforms Multi-Scale Structural Similarity (MSSIM) and Information Fidelity Criterion-based (IFC) measure, which are two prominent fidelity-based IQMs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-647
Number of pages8
JournalDigital Signal Processing: A Review Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics

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