Structural Information Theory: The Simplicity of Visual Form


Structural Information Theory: The Simplicity of Visual Form
Authors: Emanuel Leeuwenberg
Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781107029606
ISBN 10: 1107029600
Categories: Computers, Algorithms and Data Structures
Pages: 320 / 319
Edition: 1st

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Structural Information Theory: The Simplicity of Visual Form Emanuel Leeuwenberg, Peter A. van der Helm
Structural information theory is a coherent theory about the way the human visual system organises a raw visual stimulus into objects and object parts. To humans, a visual stimulus usually has one clear interpretation even though, in theory, any stimulus can be interpreted in numerous ways. To explain this, the theory focuses on the nature of perceptual interpretations rather than on underlying process mechanisms and adopts the simplicity principle which promotes efficiency of internal resources rather than the likelihood principle which promotes veridicality in the external world. This theoretically underpinned starting point gives rise to quantitative models and verifiable predictions for many visual phenomena, including amodal completion, subjective contours, transparency, brightness contrast, brightness assimilation and neon illusions. It also explains phenomena such as induced temporal order, temporal context effects and hierarchical dominance effects, and extends to evaluative pattern qualities such as distinctiveness, interestingness and beauty.
• Offers an in-depth understanding of visual pattern classification in a broad perspective with coherent accounts of many visual phenomena and comparisons to competing accounts
• Re-evaluates structural information theory in light of the research of the past decade and the current state of the theory
• Features quantitative models and predictions, and extensive empirical evidence Categories:
Computers – Algorithms and Data Structures
Cambridge University Press
319 / 342
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