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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1453–1461

Combining local binary patterns and local color contrast for texture classification under varying illumination

Claudio Cusano, Paolo Napoletano, and Raimondo Schettini  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 1453-1461 (2014)

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This paper presents a texture descriptor for color texture classification specially designed to be robust against changes in the illumination conditions. The descriptor combines a histogram of local binary patterns (LBPs) with a novel feature measuring the distribution of local color contrast. The proposed descriptor is invariant with respect to rotations and translations of the image plane and with respect to several transformations in the color space. We evaluated the proposed descriptor on the Outex test suite, by measuring the classification accuracy in the case in which training and test images have been acquired under different illuminants. The results obtained show that our descriptor outperforms the original LBP approach and its color variants, even when these are computed after color normalization. Moreover, it also outperforms several other color texture descriptors in the state of the art.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2960) Image processing : Image analysis
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(100.3008) Image processing : Image recognition, algorithms and filters

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: November 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2014
Published: June 12, 2014

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Claudio Cusano, Paolo Napoletano, and Raimondo Schettini, "Combining local binary patterns and local color contrast for texture classification under varying illumination," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 1453-1461 (2014)

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