SPIE Photonics West 2001
Conference paper

Are image quality metrics adequate to evaluate the quality of geometric objects?

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Geometric objects are often represented by many millions of triangles or polygons, which limits the ease with which they can be transmitted and displayed electronically. This has led to the development of many algorithms for simplifying geometric models, and to the recognition that metrics are required to evaluate their success. The goal is to create computer graphic renderings of the object that do not appear to be degraded to a human observer. The perceptual evaluation of simplified objects is a new topic. One approach has been to use image-based metrics to predict the perceived degradation of simplified 3-D models1 Since that 2-D images of 3-D objects can have significantly different perceived quality, depending on the direction of the illumination, 22-D measures of image quality may not adequately capture the perceived quality of 3-D objects. To address this question, we conducted experiments in which we explicitly compared the perceived quality of animated 3-D objects and their corresponding 2-D still image projections. Our results suggest that 2-D judgements do not provide a good predictor of 3-D image quality, and identify a need to develop "object quality metrics.".