Statistical mechanics and invariant perception

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We consider the problem of discrimination among ensembles of images generated by distortions of a prototype and the addition of noise. As the noise level is increased the discrimination task becomes qualitatively more difficult in that optimal discrimination requires the computation of increasingly longer-ranged correlations or the solution of increasingly difficult optimization problems. These results suggest the use of such image ensembles in probing the computational abilities of the human visual system, and possible theoretical implications of such experiments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-744
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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