One-to-Many Network for Visually Pleasing Compression Artifacts Reduction

11/15/2016 ∙ by Jun Guo, et al. ∙ 0

We consider the compression artifacts reduction problem, where a compressed image is transformed into an artifact-free image. Recent approaches for this problem typically train a one-to-one mapping using a per-pixel L_2 loss between the outputs and the ground-truths. We point out that these approaches used to produce overly smooth results, and PSNR doesn't reflect their real performance. In this paper, we propose a one-to-many network, which measures output quality using a perceptual loss, a naturalness loss, and a JPEG loss. We also avoid grid-like artifacts during deconvolution using a "shift-and-average" strategy. Extensive experimental results demonstrate the dramatic visual improvement of our approach over the state of the arts.

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