Mapping Low-Resolution Images To Multiple High-Resolution Images Using Non-Adversarial Mapping

06/21/2020
by   Vasileios Lioutas, et al.
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Several methods have recently been proposed for the Single Image Super-Resolution (SISR) problem. The current methods assume that a single low-resolution image can only yield a single high-resolution image. In addition, all of these methods use low-resolution images that were artificially generated through simple bilinear down-sampling. We argue that, first and foremost, the problem of SISR is an one-to-many mapping problem between the low resolution and all possible candidate high-resolution images and we address the challenging task of learning how to realistically degrade and down-sample high-resolution images. To circumvent this problem, we propose SR-NAM which utilizes the Non-Adversarial Mapping (NAM) technique. Furthermore, we propose a degradation model that learns how to transform high-resolution images to low-resolution images that resemble realistically taken low-resolution photos. Finally, some qualitative results for the proposed method along with the weaknesses of SR-NAM are included.

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