Can You See It? Two Novel Eye-Tracking-Based Measures for Assigning Tags to Image Regions

  • Tina Walber
  • Ansgar Scherp
  • Steffen Staab
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7732)

Abstract

Eye tracking information can be used to assign given tags to image regions in order to describe the depicted scene in more details. We introduce and compare two novel eye-tracking-based measures for conducting such assignments: The segmentation measure uses automatically computed image segments and selects the one segment the user fixates for the longest time. The heat map measure is based on traditional gaze heat maps and sums up the users’ fixation durations per pixel. Both measures are applied on gaze data obtained for a set of social media images, which have manually labeled objects as ground truth. We have determined a maximum average precision of 65% at which the segmentation measure points to the correct region in the image. The best coverage of the segments is obtained for the segmentation measure with a F-measure of 35%. Overall, both newly introduced gaze-based measures deliver better results than baseline measures that selects a segment based on the golden ratio of photography or the center position in the image. The eye-tracking-based segmentation measure significantly outperforms the baselines for precision and F-measure.

Keywords

Fixation measures automatic segmentation heat maps 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Walber
    • 1
  • Ansgar Scherp
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steffen Staab
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Web Science and TechnologyUniversity of Koblenz-LandauGermany
  2. 2.Research Group on Data and Web ScienceUniversity of MannheimGermany

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