Signal, Image and Video Processing

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 609–616 | Cite as

No-reference image quality assessment using Prewitt magnitude based on convolutional neural networks

  • Jie Li
  • Lian Zou
  • Jia Yan
  • Dexiang Deng
  • Tao Qu
  • Guihui Xie
Original Paper


No-reference image quality assessment is of great importance to numerous image processing applications, and various methods have been widely studied with promising results. These methods exploit handcrafted features in the transformation or space domain that are discriminated for image degradations. However, abundant a priori knowledge is required to extract these handcrafted features. The convolutional neural network (CNN) is recently introduced into the no-reference image quality assessment, which integrates feature learning and regression into one optimization process. Therefore, the network structure generates an effective model for estimating image quality. However, the image quality score obtained by the CNN is based on the mean of all of the image patch scores without considering the human visual system, such as edges and contour of images. In this paper, we combine the CNN and the Prewitt magnitude of segmented images and obtain the image quality score using the mean of all the products of the image patch scores and weights based on the result of segmented images. Experimental results on various image distortion types demonstrate that the proposed algorithm achieves good performance.


No-reference image quality assessment Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) Graph-based image segmentation Prewitt magnitude 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Li
    • 1
  • Lian Zou
    • 1
  • Jia Yan
    • 1
  • Dexiang Deng
    • 1
  • Tao Qu
    • 1
  • Guihui Xie
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electronic InformationWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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