Conventionally, the reference image for image quality assessment (IQA) is completely available (full-reference IQA) or unavailable (no-reference IQA). Even for reduced-reference IQA, the features that are used to predict image quality are still extracted from the pristine reference image. However, the pristine reference image is always unavailable in many real scenarios. In contrast, it is convenient to obtain a number of similar reference images via retrieval from the Internet. These similar reference images may share similar contents and scenes with the image to be assessed. In this paper, we attempt to discuss the image quality assessment problem from the view of similar images, i.e. similar reference IQA. Although the similar reference images share similar contents with the degraded image, the difference between them still cannot be ignored. Therefore, we propose an IQA framework based on local feature matching, which can help to identify the similar regions and structures. Then the IQA features are computed only from these similar regions to predict the final image quality score. Besides, since there is no IQA databases for the similar reference IQA problem, we establish a novel IQA database that consists of 272 images from four scenes. The experiments demonstrate that the performance of our scheme goes beyond state-of-the-art no-reference IQA methods and some full-reference IQA algorithms.
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This work has been supported in part by 973 Program under Contract 2015CB351803, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Contract 61325009 and Contract 61390514, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Contract WK2100060011.
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Lu, Q., Zhou, W. & Li, H. Similar Reference Image Quality Assessment: A New Database and A Trial with Local Feature Matching. Sens Imaging 17, 23 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11220-016-0149-0
- Image quality assessment
- IQA database
- Local feature matching
- Similar reference IQA