Saliency detection via absorbing Markov Chain

Bowen Jiang, Lihe Zhang, Huchuan Lu, Chuan Yang, Ming Hsuan Yang

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In this paper, we formulate saliency detection via absorbing Markov chain on an image graph model. We jointly consider the appearance divergence and spatial distribution of salient objects and the background. The virtual boundary nodes are chosen as the absorbing nodes in a Markov chain and the absorbed time from each transient node to boundary absorbing nodes is computed. The absorbed time of transient node measures its global similarity with all absorbing nodes, and thus salient objects can be consistently separated from the background when the absorbed time is used as a metric. Since the time from transient node to absorbing nodes relies on the weights on the path and their spatial distance, the background region on the center of image may be salient. We further exploit the equilibrium distribution in an ergodic Markov chain to reduce the absorbed time in the long-range smooth background regions. Extensive experiments on four benchmark datasets demonstrate robustness and efficiency of the proposed method against the state-of-the-art methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479928392
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 14th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2013 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2013 Dec 12013 Dec 8

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
ISSN (Print)1550-5499


Other2013 14th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2013
CitySydney, NSW

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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