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Optimizing Control Variate Estimators for Rendering

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Optimizing Control Variate Estimators for Rendering
We present the Optimizing Control Variate (OCV) estimator, a new estimator for Monte Carlo rendering. Based upon a deterministic sampling framework, OCV allows multiple importance sampling functions to be combined in one algorithm. Its optimizing nature addresses a major problem with control variate estimators for rendering: users supply a generic correlated function which is optimized for each estimate, rather than a single highly tuned one that must work well everywhere. We demonstrate OCV with both direct lighting and irradiance-caching examples, showing improvements in image error of over 35% in some cases, for little extra computation time. Categories and Subject Descriptors (according to ACM CCS): I.3.7 [Computer Graphics]: Three-Dimensional Graphics and Realism Color, shading, shadowing, and texture G.3 [Probability and Statistics]: Probabilistic Algorithms
Shaohua Fan, Stephen Chenney, Bo Hu, Kam-Wah Tsui,
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where CGF
Authors Shaohua Fan, Stephen Chenney, Bo Hu, Kam-Wah Tsui, Yu-Chi Lai
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