An Improved Multiple Importance Sampling Heuristic for Density Estimates in Light Transport Simulations

Johannes Jendersie & Thorsten Grosch
Vertex connection and merging (VCM) is one of the most robust light transport simulation algorithms developed so far. It combines bidirectional path tracing with photon mapping using multiple importance sampling (MIS). However, there are scene setups where the current weight computation is not optimal. If different merge events on a single path have roughly the same likelihood to be found, but different photon densities, this leads to high variance samples. We show how to improve...
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