Monday, June 11, 2012

Spotted: numerically modeling color naming and space

Interesting cognitive angle on color salience

Color naming models for color selection, image editing and palette design

Jeffrey Heer, Maureen Stone

Our ability to reliably name colors provides a link between visual perception and symbolic cognition. In this paper, we investigate how a statistical model of color naming can enable user interfaces to meaningfully mimic this link and support novel interactions. We present a method for constructing a probabilistic model of color naming from a large, unconstrained set of human color name judgments. We describe how the model can be used to map between colors and names and define metrics for color saliency (how reliably a color is named) and color name distance (the similarity between colors based on naming patterns).

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