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Volume: 33 | Article ID: art00021
Quality is in the Salient Region of the Image
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2021.9.IQSP-263  Published OnlineJanuary 2021

The ultimate goal in any proposed Image Quality Metrics (IQMs) is to accurately predict the subjective quality scores given by observers. In the case of most IQMs the quality score is calculated by pooling the quality scores from what is referred to as a quality map of an image. While different pooling methods have been proposed, most such approaches use various types of a weighting average over the quality map to calculate the image quality score. One such approach is to use saliency maps as a weighting factor in our pooling process. Such an approach will result in giving a higher weight to the salient regions of the image. In this work we study if we can evaluate the quality of an image by only calculating the quality of the most salient region in the image. Such an approach could possibly reduce the computational time and power needed for image quality assessment. Results show that in most cases, depending on the saliency calculation method used, we can improve the accuracy of IQMs by simply calculating the quality of a region in the image which covers as low as 20% of the salient energy.

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Meisam Jamshidi Seikavandi, Seyed Ali Amirshahi, "Quality is in the Salient Region of the Imagein Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Image Quality and System Performance XVIII,  2021,  pp 263-1 - 263-7,

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