Bayesian Color Constancy with Non-Gaussian Models

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16 (NIPS 2003)

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Charles Rosenberg, Alok Ladsariya, Tom Minka


We present a Bayesian approach to color constancy which utilizes a non- Gaussian probabilistic model of the image formation process. The pa- rameters of this model are estimated directly from an uncalibrated image set and a small number of additional algorithmic parameters are chosen using cross validation. The algorithm is empirically shown to exhibit RMS error lower than other color constancy algorithms based on the Lambertian surface reflectance model when estimating the illuminants of a set of test images. This is demonstrated via a direct performance comparison utilizing a publicly available set of real world test images and code base.