Structural texture similarity metrics for image analysis and retrieval

Jana Zujovic, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, David L. Neuhoff

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We develop new metrics for texture similarity that accounts for human visual perception and the stochastic nature of textures. The metrics rely entirely on local image statistics and allow substantial point-by-point deviations between textures that according to human judgment are essentially identical. The proposed metrics extend the ideas of structural similarity and are guided by research in texture analysis-synthesis. They are implemented using a steerable filter decomposition and incorporate a concise set of subband statistics, computed globally or in sliding windows. We conduct systematic tests to investigate metric performance in the context of 'known-item search,' the retrieval of textures that are 'identical' to the query texture. This eliminates the need for cumbersome subjective tests, thus enabling comparisons with human performance on a large database. Our experimental results indicate that the proposed metrics outperform peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR), structural similarity metric (SSIM) and its variations, as well as state-of-the-art texture classification metrics, using standard statistical measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6476011
Pages (from-to)2545-2558
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013


  • Natural textures
  • perceptual quality
  • statistical models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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