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Ossama Elbadawy, Mahmoud R. El-Sakka, and Mohamed S. Kamel, "An Information Theoretic Image-Quality Measure", IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, CCECE'1998, Vol. 1, pp. 169-172, May 1998, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Lossy image compression techniques aim at encoding images with a minimal representation. During this process, some visually useful information may be lost. Assessing the information loss in decompressed images is not an easy task. In this paper, a new quantitative image-quality measure is introduced. This new measure incorporates information theory into the most commonly used objective criterion (the mean square error). The new measure has been tested by experiments performed on a wide variety of images. The results show an increase in the correlation between subjective rating by human observers and the normalized mean square error after applying the new measure.