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No-reference image quality assessment using modified extreme learning machine classifier

Suresh, S and Babu, RV and Kim, HJ (2009) No-reference image quality assessment using modified extreme learning machine classifier. In: Applied Soft Computing, 9 (2). pp. 541-552.

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In this paper, we present a machine learning approach to measure the visual quality of JPEG-coded images. The features for predicting the perceived image quality are extracted by considering key human visual sensitivity (HVS) factors such as edge amplitude, edge length, background activity and background luminance. Image quality assessment involves estimating the functional relationship between HVS features and subjective test scores. The quality of the compressed images are obtained without referring to their original images ('No Reference' metric). Here, the problem of quality estimation is transformed to a classification problem and solved using extreme learning machine (ELM) algorithm. In ELM, the input weights and the bias values are randomly chosen and the output weights are analytically calculated. The generalization performance of the ELM algorithm for classification problems with imbalance in the number of samples per quality class depends critically on the input weights and the bias values. Hence, we propose two schemes, namely the k-fold selection scheme (KS-ELM) and the real-coded genetic algorithm (RCGA-ELM) to select the input weights and the bias values such that the generalization performance of the classifier is a maximum. Results indicate that the proposed schemes significantly improve the performance of ELM classifier under imbalance condition for image quality assessment. The experimental results prove that the estimated visual quality of the proposed RCGA-ELM emulates the mean opinion score very well. The experimental results are compared with the existing JPEG no-reference image quality metric and full-reference structural similarity image quality metric.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Soft Computing
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Image quality assessment;No-reference metric;Blockiness measurement;Neural network;JPEG; Evolutionary lgorithms;Extreme learning machine.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 09:57
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 05:53
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19207

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