Rating Image Aesthetics Using Deep Learning

Xin Lu, Zhe Lin, Hailin Jin, Jianchao Yang, James Z. Wang

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This paper investigates unified feature learning and classifier training approaches for image aesthetics assessment. Existing methods built upon handcrafted or generic image features and developed machine learning and statistical modeling techniques utilizing training examples. We adopt a novel deep neural network approach to allow unified feature learning and classifier training to estimate image aesthetics. In particular, we develop a double-column deep convolutional neural network to support heterogeneous inputs, i.e., global and local views, in order to capture both global and local characteristics of images. In addition, we employ the style and semantic attributes of images to further boost the aesthetics categorization performance. Experimental results show that our approach produces significantly better results than the earlier reported results on the AVA dataset for both the generic image aesthetics and content -based image aesthetics. Moreover, we introduce a 1.5-million image dataset (IAD) for image aesthetics assessment and we further boost the performance on the AVA test set by training the proposed deep neural networks on the IAD dataset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7243357
Pages (from-to)2021-2034
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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