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Jaume Rigau, Miquel Feixas, Mateu Sbert: An Information-Theoretic Framework for Image Complexity. In: László Neumann, Mateu Sbert, Bruce Gooch, Werner Purgathofer (Eds.): Eurographics Workshop on Computational Aesthetics. 2005. 177-184



In this paper, we introduce a new information-theoretic approach to study the complexity of an image. The new framework we present here is based on considering the information channel that goes from the histogram to the regions of the partitioned image, maximizing the mutual information. Image complexity has been related to the entropy of the image intensity histogram. This disregards the spatial distribution of pixels, as well as the fact that a complexity measure must take into account at what level one wants to describe an object. We define the complexity by using two measures which take into account the level at which the image is considered. One is the number of partitioning regions needed to extract a given ratio of information from the image. The other is the compositional complexity given by the Jensen-Shannon divergence of the partitioned image.

Extended Abstract


author = {Rigau, J. and Feixas, M. and Sbert, M.},
title = {An Information-theoretic Framework for Image Complexity},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the First Eurographics Conference on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging},
series = {Computational Aesthetics'05},
year = {2005},
isbn = {3-905673-27-4},
location = {Girona, Spain},
pages = {177--184},
numpages = {8},
url = { },
doi = {10.2312/COMPAESTH/COMPAESTH05/177-184},
acmid = {2381244},
publisher = {Eurographics Association},
address = {Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Switzerland},

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