Image Statistics in Visual Computing

Tania Pouli, Erik Reinhard, Douglas W. Cunningham

December 13, 2013 by A K Peters/CRC Press
Reference - 372 Pages - 166 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781568817255 - CAT# K13473

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Features

  • Covers the statistics of natural images, from simple single pixel properties to complex filters
  • Explores all aspects of visual scenes, including color, temporal, and spatial information
  • Discusses alternative image modalities, including faces and art
  • Illustrates concepts with real-world examples of practical applications
  • Explains the mathematical basis of each statistical transform and its relation to human perception
  • Contains a comprehensive list of more than 700 references
  • Offers additional resources on a supporting website

Summary

To achieve the complex task of interpreting what we see, our brains rely on statistical regularities and patterns in visual data. Knowledge of these regularities can also be considerably useful in visual computing disciplines, such as computer vision, computer graphics, and image processing. The field of natural image statistics studies the regularities to exploit their potential and better understand human vision. With numerous color figures throughout, Image Statistics in Visual Computing covers all aspects of natural image statistics, from data collection to analysis to applications in computer graphics, computational photography, image processing, and art.

The authors keep the material accessible, providing mathematical definitions where appropriate to help readers understand the transforms that highlight statistical regularities present in images. The book also describes patterns that arise once the images are transformed and gives examples of applications that have successfully used statistical regularities. Numerous references enable readers to easily look up more information about a specific concept or application. A supporting website also offers additional information, including descriptions of various image databases suitable for statistics.

Collecting state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary knowledge in one source, this book explores the relation of natural image statistics to human vision and shows how natural image statistics can be applied to visual computing. It encourages readers in both academic and industrial settings to develop novel insights and applications in all disciplines that relate to visual computing.

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