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Raghu Raj, Alan Bovik, Lawrence Cormack; Low-level fixation search in natural scenes by optimal extraction of texture-contrast information. Journal of Vision 2008;8(6):110. doi: 10.1167/8.6.110.
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We construct the beginnings of a low-level theory of visual fixations in natural scenes by the formulation and verification a Barlow-type hypothesis for fixation selection—where the fixation patterns are designed to maximally contrast and textural information. We first briefly overview optimum contrast-based fixation strategies in natural scenes  and thereafter develop an optimum texture-based fixation selection algorithm based on our computational theory of non-stationarity measurement in natural images. In particular it is shown how a simple relative coding error measure between sub-patches of a window (that defines the image scale of analysis) can effectively measure the non-stationary structure of natural scenes which subsequently can be employed for the optimal extraction of textural information. Finally we propose a simple coupling of the optimal texture-based and contrast-based fixation algorithms which exhibits robust performance for fixation selection in natural images. The performance of the fixation algorithms are evaluated for natural images by comparison to actual human fixations performed on the images. The fixation patterns thus obtained outperform randomized, Gaffe-based , and Itti  fixation strategies in terms of matching human fixation patterns in terms of mutual information. These results also demonstrate the important role that contrast and textural information play in low-level visual processes in the HVS.
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