Rehabilitating the colorchecker dataset for illuminant estimation

Ghalia Hemrit, Graham D. Finlayson, Arjan Gijsenij, Peter Gehler, Simone Bianco, Brian Funt, Mark Drew, Lilong Shi

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In a previous work, it was shown that there is a curious problem with the benchmark ColorChecker dataset for illuminant estimation. To wit, this dataset has at least 3 different sets of ground-truths. Typically, for a single algorithm a single ground-truth is used. But then different algorithms, whose performance is measured with respect to different ground-truths, are compared against each other and then ranked. This makes no sense. We show in this paper that there are also errors in how each ground-truth set was calculated. As a result, all performance rankings based on the ColorChecker dataset - and there are scores of these - are inaccurate. In this paper, we re-generate a new 'recommended' ground-truth set based on the calculation methodology described by Shi and Funt. We then review the performance evaluation of a range of illuminant estimation algorithms. Compared with the legacy ground-truths, we find that the difference in how algorithms perform can be large, with many local rankings of algorithms being reversed. Finally, we draw the readers attention to our new 'open' data repository which, we hope, will allow the ColorChecker set to be rehabilitated and once again become a useful benchmark for illuminant estimation algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIC 2018 - 26th Color and Imaging Conference
Subtitle of host publicationColor Science and Engineering Systems, Technologies, and Applications, Technical Papers and Proceedings
PublisherSociety for Imaging Science and Technology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780892083374
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event26th Color and Imaging Conference: Color Science and Engineering Systems, Technologies, and Applications, CIC 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 Nov 201816 Nov 2018


Conference26th Color and Imaging Conference: Color Science and Engineering Systems, Technologies, and Applications, CIC 2018

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