CIEDE2000, History, Use, and Performance
Synonyms
Definition
CIEDE2000 [1, 2] is a colordifference formula recommended by the CIE in year 2001. It has also recently been published as an ISO and CIE Joint Standard [3]. It is a modification of CIELAB [4] and gives an overall best performance in predicting experimental datasets. The typical applications are pass/fail decision, color constancy, metamerism, and color rendering.
Overview
Over the years, color scientists and engineers have been striving to achieve a single number pass/fail colordifference equation, i.e., to apply a single pass/fail color difference to all color regions for industrial quality control. In practice, product batches should be visually acceptable against a standard, when a color difference is less than a predetermined colordifference unit (called color tolerance). Reversely, it will be rejected to be returned for reshading.
In 1976, CIELAB uniform color space was recommended by the CIE. The decision was made based on limited experimental data. It was realized a shortage of reliable experimental data having similar colordifference magnitude as those used in industry (typically with CIELAB color difference (ΔE*_{ ab }) ≤5). Hence, many datasets were produced, in which four datasets were considered to be most comprehensive and robust and were used to derive the new formulae. These datasets are Luo and Rigg [5], RITDuPont [6], Witt [7], and Leeds [8]. They have 2776, 156, 418, and 307 pairs of samples and average color differences of 3.0, 1.0, 1.9, and 1.6 ΔE*_{ ab }, respectively. All datasets were based on glossy paint samples except that of Luo and Rigg data, which include many subsets based on different materials, and finally all subsets were combined according to the experimental results based on textile samples [5].
Equation 1 is a form of ellipsoid along the directions of CIELAB lightness, chroma, and hue angle. The ellipsoid can also be rotated in C_{ab}* and h_{ab} plane. Four equations were developed after CIELAB in 1976. These were Leeds [8], BFD [9], CIE94 [10] and CMC [11]. The CMC was adopted by the ISO for textile applications in 1992 [11]. The CIE94 was recommended by the CIE for field trials in 1994. Both equations have the first three terms of Eq. 1, and BFD and Leeds include all four terms. All formulae greatly outperform CIELAB to fit the experimental datasets. Industry was confused which equation should be used. Hence, CIE Technical Committee (TC) 1–47 Hue and LightnessDependent Correction to Industrial Colour Difference Evaluation was formed in 1998. It was hoped that a generalized and reliable formula could be achieved.
The TC members worked closely together and a formula named CIEDE2000 was recommended [1, 2]. The computation procedure of this formula is given in Eq. 2.
CIEDE2000 (K_{L}:K_{C}:K_{H}) ColorDifference Formula

Step 1. Prepare data to calculatea’, C’, and h’.
 $$ {L}^{\prime }={L}^{*} $$
 $$ {a}^{\prime }=\left(1+G\right){a}^{*} $$
 $$ {b}^{\prime }={b}^{*} $$
 $$ {C}_{\mathrm{ab}}^{\prime }=\sqrt{{a^{\prime}}^2+{b^{\prime}}^2} $$
 $$ {h}_{\mathrm{ab}}={ \tan}^{1}\left(\frac{b^{\prime }}{a^{\prime }}\right) $$

where
 $$ G=0.5\left(1\sqrt{\frac{{\overline{C_{ab}^{*}}}^7}{{\overline{C_{ab}^{*}}}^7+{25}^7}}\right) $$

where \( \overline{C_{ab}^{*}} \) is the arithmetic mean of the C _{ab} ^{*} values for a pair of samples.

Step 2. Calculate ΔL’, ΔC’,andΔH’.
 $$ \begin{array}{l}\Delta L^{\prime }={L}_2^{\prime }{L}_1^{\prime}\\ {}\Delta {C}_{ab}^{\prime }={C}_{ab,2}^{\prime }{C}_{ab,1}^{\prime}\\ {}\Delta {H}_{ab}^{\prime }=2\sqrt{C_{ab,2}^{\prime }{C}_{ab,1}^{\prime }} \sin \left(\frac{\Delta {h}_{ab}^{\prime }}{2}\right)\\ {}\begin{array}{cc}\hfill \mathrm{where}\hfill & \hfill \Delta {h}_{ab}^{\prime}\hfill \end{array}={h}_{ab,2}^{\prime }{h}_{ab,1}^{\prime}\end{array} $$

Step 3. Calculate CIEDE2000 ΔE_{ 00 }.
 Note that \( \overline{L^{\prime }} \), \( \overline{C_{ab}^{\prime }} \), and \( \overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }} \) are the arithmetic means of the L’, C _{ ab } ^{′} , and h _{ ab } ^{′} values for a pair of samples. For calculating the \( \overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }} \) value, caution needs to be taken for neutral colors having hue angles in different quadrants, e.g., Sample 1 and Sample 2 with hue angles of 90° and 300° would have a mean value of 195°, which differs from the correct answer, 15°. This can be obtained by checking the absolute difference between two hue angles. If the difference is less than 180°, the arithmetic mean should be used. Otherwise, 360° should be subtracted from the larger angle, followed by calculating of the arithmetic mean. This gives 300−360° = −60° for the sample and a mean of (90−60°)/2 = 15° in this example.$$ \begin{array}{l}\Delta {E}_{00}=\sqrt{{\left(\frac{\Delta {L}^{\prime }}{k_L{S}_L}\right)}^2+{\left(\frac{\Delta {C}_{ab}^{\prime }}{k_C{S}_C}\right)}^2+{\left(\frac{\Delta {H}_{ab}^{\prime }}{k_H{S}_H}\right)}^2+{R}_T\left(\frac{\Delta {C}_{ab}^{\prime }}{k_C{S}_C}\right)\left(\frac{\Delta {H}_{ab}^{\prime }}{k_H{S}_H}\right)}\\ {}\mathrm{where}\\ {}{S}_L=1+\frac{0.015{\left({\overline{L}}^{\prime }50\right)}^2}{\sqrt{20+{\left({\overline{L}}^{\prime }50\right)}^2}}\\ {}\mathrm{and}\\ {}{S}_C=1+0.045\overline{C_{ab}^{\prime }}\\ {}\mathrm{and}\\ {}{S}_H=1+0.015\overline{C_{ab}^{\prime }}T\\ {}\mathrm{where}\\ {}T=10.17 \cos \left(\overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }}{30}^{\mathrm{o}}\right)+0.24 \cos \left(2\overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }}\right)+0.32 \cos \left(3\overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }}+{6}^{\mathrm{o}}\right)0.20 \cos \left(4\overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }}{63}^{\mathrm{o}}\right)\\ {}\mathrm{and}\\ {}{R}_T= \sin \left(2\Delta \theta \right){R}_C\\ {}\mathrm{where}\\ {}\Delta \theta =30 \exp \left\{{\left[\left(\overline{h_{ab}^{\prime }}{275}^{\mathrm{o}}\right)/25\right]}^2\right\}\\ {} \mathrm{and}\begin{array}{cc}\hfill \hfill & \hfill {R}_C=2\sqrt{\frac{{{\overline{C}}_{ab}^{\prime}}^7}{{{\overline{C}}_{ab}^{\prime}}^7+{25}^7}}\hfill \end{array}\end{array} $$(2)
ThreeTerm CIEDE2000 ColorDifference Formula
The ΔE_{00} value calculated from Eq. 3 is the same as calculated from Eq. 2.
Evaluation of the CIEDE2000
Colordifference formula performance in STRESS unit (Copyright of the Society of Dyers and Colourists)
COM  BFD  Leeds  RITDuPont  Witt  

CIELAB  44  42  40  33  52 
CIE94  32  34  21  20  32 
CIEDE2000  27  30  19  19  30 
It can be seen in Table 1 that CIEDE2000 gave an overall best performance. In addition, CIELAB performed the worst. CIEDE2000 performed significantly better than the other formulae except insignificantly better than CIE94 for the Leeds and RITDuPont sets.
Future Directions

Almost all of the recent efforts have been spent on the modifications of CIELAB. This has resulted in CIEDE2000 including five corrections of CIELAB to fit the available experimental datasets. It is desirable to derive a formula based upon a new perceptually uniform color space from a particular color vision theory such as CIECAM02 [14].

All colordifference formulae can only be used in a set of reference viewing conditions defined by the CIE [10]. It will be valuable to derive a parametric colordifference formula capable of taking into account different viewing parameters such as illuminant, illuminance level, size of samples, size of color difference, separation, and background. Again, CIECAM02 model and its extension CAM02UCS [15] are derived to follow this direction.

Almost all of the colordifference formulae were developed only to predict the color difference between a pair of large single objects/patches. More and more applications require to predict color differences between a pair of pictorial images. The current formula does not include necessary components to consider spatial variations for evaluating images. Johnson and Fairchild developed a spatial model based on CIEDE2000 [16].
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