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date: 26 January 2020

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The traditional view of visual texture perception emphasizes its role in highlighting discontinuities between surfaces. Here I describe a different approach that considers how and why the visual system might capture regularities of texture, e.g. the ‘flow’ of orientation structure that characterizes tree bark. Such a description of an image is statistical in nature and can capture regularities that can, in turn, be used to compute properties like surface shape. Observers are adept at estimating statistical regularities of textures, such as ‘mean size’ or ‘orientation variance’ and I review evidence bearing on which visual attributes are amenable to such statistical summary, what statistics are computable, and how these computations are achieved within the visual system.

Keywords: statistics, texture, averaging, global processing, local to global

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