Non-parametric natural image matting

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Non-parametric natural image matting
Natural image matting is an extremely challenging image processing problem due to its ill-posed nature. It often requires skilled user interaction to aid definition of foreground and background regions. Current algorithms use these predefined regions to build local foreground and background colour models. In this paper we propose a novel approach which uses non-parametric statistics to model image appearance variations. This technique overcomes the limitations of previous parametric approaches which are purely colour-based and thereby unable to model natural image structure. The proposed technique consists of three successive stages: (i) background colour estimation, (ii) foreground colour estimation, (iii) alpha estimation. Colour estimation uses patch-based matching techniques to efficiently recover the optimum colour by comparison against patches from the known regions. Quantitative evaluation against ground truth demonstrates that the technique produces better results and successf...
Muhammad Sarim, Adrian Hilton, Jean-Yves Guillemau
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Type Journal
Year 2009
Where ICIP
Authors Muhammad Sarim, Adrian Hilton, Jean-Yves Guillemaut, Hansung Kim
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