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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Stand-Alone Objective Segmentation Quality Evaluation

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:431748

  • Received: 31 July 2001
  • Published:


The identification of objects in video sequences, that is, video segmentation, plays a major role in emerging interactive multimedia services, such as those enabled by the ISO MPEG- and MPEG- standards. In this context, assessing the adequacy of the identified objects to the application targets, that is, evaluating the segmentation quality, assumes a crucial importance. Video segmentation technology has received considerable attention in the literature, with algorithms being proposed to address various types of applications. However, the segmentation quality performance evaluation of those algorithms is often ad hoc, and a well-established solution is not available. In fact, the field of objective segmentation quality evaluation is still maturing; recently, some more efforts have been made, mainly following the emergence of the MPEG object-based coding and description standards. This paper discusses the problem of objective segmentation quality evaluation in its most difficult scenario: standalone evaluation, that is, when a reference segmentation is not available for comparative evaluation. In particular, objective metrics are proposed for the evaluation of standalone segmentation quality for both individual objects and overall segmentation partitions.


  • video segmentation
  • segmentation quality evaluation
  • objective segmentation quality
  • standalone segmentation quality evaluation

Authors’ Affiliations

Instituto Superior Técnico, Instituto de Telecomuniçaões, Av. Rovisco Pais, Lisboa, 1049-001, Portugal


© Correia and Pereira 2002