The Rehabilitation of MaxRGB

Funt, B. and Shi, L., "The Rehabilitation of MaxRGB," Proc. IS&T Eighteenth Color Imaging Conference, San Antonio, Nov. 2010.


The poor performance of the MaxRGB illumination- estimation method is often used in the literature as a foil when promoting some new illumination-estimation method. However, the results presented here show that in fact MaxRGB works surprisingly well when tested on a new dataset of 105 high dynamic range images, and also better than previously reported when some simple pre-processing is applied to the images of the standard 321 image set [1]. The HDR images in the dataset for color constancy research were constructed in the standard way from multiple exposures of the same scene. The color of the scene illumination was determined by photographing an extra HDR image of the scene with 4 Gretag Macbeth mini Colorcheckers at 45 degrees relative to one another placed in it. With preprocessing, MaxRGBs performance is statistically equivalent to that of Color by Correlation [2] and statistically superior to that of the Greyedge [3] algorithm on the 321 set (null hypothesis rejected at the 5% significance level). It also performs as well as Greyedge on the HDR set. These results demonstrate that MaxRGB is far more effective than it has been reputed to be so long as it is applied to image data that encodes the full dynamic range of the original scene.

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