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Masking effect of non-predictable energy of image regions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-708
Number of pages24
JournalTelecommunications and Radio Engineering
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This work relates to the area of full-reference image visual quality assessment. The paper deals with studying the impact of image fragment non-predictivity on image perception by humans, in particular, on ability of such fragments to mask distortions. A hypothesis that the fragment masking effect depends on how difficult is it for a human to predict image fragment content based on neighbor fragments is formulated. It is supposed that a larger prediction error is correlated with a larger masking effect. Experiments hold to practically confirm this hypothesis with forming test images and determining mean opinion scores, MOS, for them are described. It is shown that taking into account the considered peculiarities of human vision it becomes possible to introduce in images distortions with by five times larger power (variance) compared to the case of uniform distribution of distortions. A modification of the conventional metric PSNR that takes into account these peculiarities is proposed.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Full-reference image visual quality assessment, Human visual system, Image denoising, Lossy image compression

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