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Enhancing Quality of Compressed Images by Mitigating Enhancement Bias Towards Compression Domain

Qunliang Xing · Mai Xu · Shengxi Li · Xin Deng · Meisong Zheng · huaida liu · Ying Chen

Arch 4A-E Poster #132
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Fri 21 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT


Existing quality enhancement methods for compressed images focus on aligning the enhancement domain with the raw domain to yield realistic images. However, these methods exhibit a pervasive enhancement bias towards the compression domain, inadvertently regarding it as more realistic than the raw domain. This bias makes enhanced images closely resemble their compressed counterparts, thus degrading their perceptual quality. In this paper, we propose a simple yet effective method to mitigate this bias and enhance the quality of compressed images. Our method employs a conditional discriminator with the compressed image as a key condition, and then incorporates a domain-divergence regularization to actively distance the enhancement domain from the compression domain. Through this dual strategy, our method enables the discrimination against the compression domain, and brings the enhancement domain closer to the raw domain. Comprehensive quality evaluations confirm the superiority of our method over other state-of-the-art methods without incurring inference overheads.

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