Perceptual image quality assessment (IQA) attempts to use computational models to estimate the image quality in accordance with subjective evaluations. Reduced-reference IQA (RRIQA) methods make use of partial information or features extracted from the reference image for estimating the quality of distorted images. Finding a balance between the number of RR features and accuracy of the estimated image quality is essential and important in IQA. In this paper, we propose a training-free low-cost RRIQA method that requires a very small number of RR features (six RR features). The proposed RRIQA algorithm is based on the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) of locally weighted gradient magnitudes. We apply human visual system's contrast sensitivity and neighborhood gradient information to weight the gradient magnitudes in a locally adaptive manner. The RR features are computed by measuring the entropy of each DWT subband, for each scale, and pooling the subband entropies along all orientations, resulting in $L$ RR features (one average entropy per scale) for an $L$-level DWT. Extensive experiments performed on seven large-scale benchmark databases demonstrate that the proposed RRIQA method delivers highly competitive performance as compared with the state-of-the-art RRIQA models as well as full reference ones for both natural and texture images.
- Discrete wavelet transform
- Reduced reference quality assessment (RRIQA)
- contrast sensitivity
- gradient magnitude
- locally adaptive weighting
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design