Weight-based colour constancy using contrast stretching

Abedini, Z ; Sharif University of Technology | 2021

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1049/ipr2.12229
  3. Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc , 2021
  4. Abstract:
  5. One of the main issues in colour image processing is changing objects' colour due to colour of illumination source. Colour constancy methods tend to modify overall image colour as if it was captured under natural light illumination. Without colour constancy, the colour would be an unreliable cue to object identity. Till now, many methods in colour constancy domain are presented. They are in two categories; statistical methods and learning-based methods. This paper presents a new statistical weighted algorithm for illuminant estimation. Weights are adjusted to highlight two key factors in the image for illuminant estimation, that is contrast and brightness. The focus was on the convex part of the contrast stretching function to create the weights. Moreover, a novel partitioning mechanism in the colour domain that leads to improvement in efficiency is proposed. The proposed algorithm is evaluated on two benchmark linear image databases according to two evaluation metrics. The experimental results showed that it is competitive to the statistical state of the art methods. In addition to its low computational cost, it has the advantage of improving the efficiency of statistics-based algorithms for dark images and images with low brightness contrast. Moreover, it is robust to camera change types. © 2021 The Authors. IET Image Processing published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  6. Keywords:
  7. Computational efficiency ; Efficiency ; Image enhancement ; Luminance ; Computational costs ; Contrast stretching ; Evaluation metrics ; Illuminant estimation ; Illumination sources ; Learning-based methods ; Partitioning mechanism ; State-of-the-art methods ; Color
  8. Source: IET Image Processing ; Volume 15, Issue 11 , 2021 , Pages 2424-2440 ; 17519659 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://ietresearch.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1049/ipr2.12229