Applied Soft Computing ( IF 5.472 ) Pub Date : 2021-06-10 , DOI: 10.1016/j.asoc.2021.107548 Bin Yang
Measuring the similarity between images is of paramount importance in computer vision. However, the commonly used pixelwise similarity metrics do not match well with perceptual similarity. The purpose of this paper is to propose a visual similarity measurement method, which can be effectively used for plagiarism detection in graphic design. Plagiarism detection of designs refers to the identification and determination of major similarities. It is difficult to carry out the similarity learning process in traditional deep neural network due to the insufficient of training samples. To overcome this problem, a novel scheme is proposed for measuring perceptual similarity of graphics by using a constraint Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) model. The generator of GAN is used to create similar graphics following the common plagiarism features of logo design. Unlike the traditional discriminator which judges the authenticity of the generated image and the original image, the modified discriminator is used to calculate the perceptual similarity of the graphics pair. In graphics design, plagiarism mainly focuses on the changes of shape, color and style, which has certain cognitive subjectivity. Therefore, design experts were invited to participate in a group of cognitive analysis experiments. A perceptual constraint model is established to limit the generation of plagiarized graphics according to “design and visual rationality”. Promising results demonstrate that the proposed method can be used for plagiarism detection of logo design. Given its effectiveness and conceptual simplicity, I hope it can serve as a baseline and contribute to the future research on plagiarism detection of artworks.