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What is constant in colour constancy?

6th European Conference on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision and 12th International Symposium on Multispectral Colour Science, page 337--343 - May 2012
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Color constancy refers to the ability of the human visual system to stabilize the color appearance of surfaces under an illuminant change. In this work we studied how the interrelations among nine colors are perceived under illuminant changes, particularly whether they remain stable across 10 different conditions (5 illuminants and 2 backgrounds). To do so we have used a paradigm that measures several colors under an immersive state of adaptation. From our measures we defined a perceptual structure descriptor that is up to 87% stable over all conditions, suggesting that color category features could be used to predict color constancy. This is in agreement with previous results on the stability of border categories and with computational color constancy algorithms for estimating the scene illuminant.

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@Article\{RVP2012,
  author       = "Jordi Roca-Vila and Maria Vanrell and C. Alejandro Parraga",
  title        = "What is constant in colour constancy?",
  journal      = "6th European Conference on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision and  12th International Symposium on Multispectral Colour Science",
  pages        = "337--343",
  month        = "May",
  year         = "2012",
  abstract     = "Color constancy refers to the ability of the human visual system to stabilize the color appearance of surfaces under an illuminant change. In this work we studied how the interrelations among nine colors are perceived under illuminant changes, particularly whether they remain stable across 10 different conditions (5 illuminants and 2 backgrounds). To do so we have used a paradigm that measures several colors under an immersive state of adaptation. From our measures we defined a perceptual structure descriptor that is up to 87% stable over all conditions, suggesting that color category features could be used to predict color constancy. This is in agreement with previous results on the stability of border categories and with computational color constancy algorithms for estimating the scene illuminant.",
  url          = "http://cic.uab.cat/Public/Publications/2012/RVP2012"
}

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