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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 206–217

The prior statistics of object colors

Jan J. Koenderink  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 206-217 (2010)

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The prior statistics of object colors is of much interest because extensive statistical investigations of reflectance spectra reveal highly non-uniform structure in color space common to several very different databases. This common structure is due to the visual system rather than to the statistics of environmental structure. Analysis involves an investigation of the proper sample space of spectral reflectance factors and of the statistical consequences of the projection of spectral reflectances on the color solid. Even in the case of reflectance statistics that are translationally invariant with respect to the wavelength dimension, the statistics of object colors is highly non-uniform. The qualitative nature of this non-uniformity is due to trichromacy.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1710) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, measurement
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.1730) Vision, color, and visual optics : Colorimetry
(330.6180) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spectral discrimination
(330.1715) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, rendering and metamerism

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: March 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2009
Published: January 19, 2010

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Jan J. Koenderink, "The prior statistics of object colors," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 206-217 (2010)

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