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An information-theoretic observation channel for volume visualization

Different quality metrics have been proposed in the literature to evaluate how well a visualization represents the underlying data. In this paper, we present a new information-theoretic framework that quantifies the information transfer between the source data set and the rendered image. This approach is based on the definition of an observation channel whose input and output are given by the intensity values of the volumetric data set and the pixel colors, respectively. From this channel, the mutual information, a measure of information transfer or correlation between the input and the output, is used as a metric to evaluate the visualization quality. The usefulness of the proposed observation channel is illustrated with three fundamental visualization applications: selection of informative viewpoints, transfer function design, and light positioning

This work has been funded in part by grants from the Spanish Government (Nr. TIN2010-21089-C03-01) and from the Catalan Government (Nr. 2009-SGR-643). This work has also been supported by SUR of DEC of Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government).

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Author: Bramon Feixas, Roger
Ruiz Altisent, Marc
Bardera i Reig, Antoni
Boada, Imma
Feixas Feixas, Miquel
Sbert, Mateu
Abstract: Different quality metrics have been proposed in the literature to evaluate how well a visualization represents the underlying data. In this paper, we present a new information-theoretic framework that quantifies the information transfer between the source data set and the rendered image. This approach is based on the definition of an observation channel whose input and output are given by the intensity values of the volumetric data set and the pixel colors, respectively. From this channel, the mutual information, a measure of information transfer or correlation between the input and the output, is used as a metric to evaluate the visualization quality. The usefulness of the proposed observation channel is illustrated with three fundamental visualization applications: selection of informative viewpoints, transfer function design, and light positioning
This work has been funded in part by grants from the Spanish Government (Nr. TIN2010-21089-C03-01) and from the Catalan Government (Nr. 2009-SGR-643). This work has also been supported by SUR of DEC of Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government).
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/296932
Language: eng
Publisher: Wiley
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Subject: Informació, Teoria de la
Information theory
Visualització (Informàtica)
Information display systems
Infografia
Computer graphics
Title: An information-theoretic observation channel for volume visualization
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Repository: Recercat

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