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A wide variety of image denoising methods are available now. However, the performance of a denoising algorithm often depends on individual input noisy images as well as its parameter setting. In this paper, we present a noreference image denoising quality assessment method that can be used to select for an input noisy image the right denoising algorithm with the optimal parameter setting. This is a challenging task as no ground truth is available. This paper presents a data-driven approach to learn to predict image denoising quality. Our method is based on the observation that while individual existing quality metrics and denoising models alone cannot robustly rank denoising results, they often complement each other. We accordingly design denoising quality features based on these existing metrics and models and then use Random Forests Regression to aggregate them into a more powerful unified metric. Our experiments on images with various types and levels of noise show that our no-reference denoising quality assessment method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art quality metrics. This paper also provides a method that leverages our quality assessment method to automatically tune the parameter settings of a denoising algorithm for an input noisy image to produce an optimal denoising result.


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Advances in Computer Vision. CVC 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Advances in Computer Vision. CVC 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 943. Springer, Cham and is available online at:

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