A no-reference texture regularity metric based on visual saliency

Srenivas Varadarajan, Lina Karam

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This paper presents a no-reference perceptual metric that quantifies the degree of perceived regularity in textures. The metric is based on the similarity of visual attention (VA) of the textural primitives and the periodic spatial distribution of foveated fixation regions throughout the image. A ground-truth eye-tracking database for textures is also generated as part of this paper and is used to evaluate the performance of the most popular VA models. Using the saliency map generated by the best VA model, the proposed texture regularity metric is computed. It is shown through subjective testing that the proposed metric has a strong correlation with the mean opinion score for the perceived regularity of textures. The proposed texture regularity metric can be used to improve the quality and performance of many image processing applications like texture synthesis, texture compression, and content-based image retrieval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7069250
Pages (from-to)2784-2796
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Image Quality Assessment
  • Randomness
  • Texture Analysis
  • Visual Attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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