Learning from Mixed Datasets : A Monotonic Image Quality Assessment Model

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12698
Number of pages4
Journal / PublicationElectronics Letters
Issue number3
Online published22 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023



Deep learning based image quality assessment (IQA) models usually learn to predict image quality from a single dataset, leading the model to overfit specific scenes. To account for this, mixed datasets training can be an effective way to enhance the generalization capability of the model. However, it is nontrivial to combine different IQA datasets, as their quality evaluation criteria, score ranges, view conditions, as well as subjects are usually not shared during the image quality annotation. In this paper, instead of aligning the annotations, we propose a monotonic neural network for IQA model learning with different datasets combined. In particular, our model consists of a dataset-shared quality regressor and several dataset-specific quality transformers. The quality regressor aims to obtain the perceptual qualities of each dataset while each quality transformer maps the perceptual qualities to the corresponding dataset annotations with their monotonicity maintained. The experimental results verify the effectiveness of the proposed learning strategy and our code is available at https://github.com/fzp0424/MonotonicIQA. © 2023 The Authors. Electronics Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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  • Image Quality Assessment

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