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Title: Saliency detection by multitask sparsity pursuit
Authors: Lang, C.
Liu, G. 
Yu, J.
Yan, S. 
Keywords: Multifeature modeling
multitask learning
saliency detection
sparse and low rank
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Lang, C., Liu, G., Yu, J., Yan, S. (2012). Saliency detection by multitask sparsity pursuit. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 21 (3) : 1327-1338. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of detecting salient areas within natural images. We shall mainly study the problem under unsupervised setting, i.e., saliency detection without learning from labeled images. A solution of multitask sparsity pursuit is proposed to integrate multiple types of features for detecting saliency collaboratively. Given an image described by multiple features, its saliency map is inferred by seeking the consistently sparse elements from the joint decompositions of multiple-feature matrices into pairs of low-rank and sparse matrices. The inference process is formulated as a constrained nuclear norm and as an ℓ 2, 1-norm minimization problem, which is convex and can be solved efficiently with an augmented Lagrange multiplier method. Compared with previous methods, which usually make use of multiple features by combining the saliency maps obtained from individual features, the proposed method seamlessly integrates multiple features to produce jointly the saliency map with a single inference step and thus produces more accurate and reliable results. In addition to the unsupervised setting, the proposed method can be also generalized to incorporate the top-down priors obtained from supervised environment. Extensive experiments well validate its superiority over other state-of-the-art methods. © 2011 IEEE.
Source Title: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
ISSN: 10577149
DOI: 10.1109/TIP.2011.2169274
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