Effective content-based image retrieval using bag-of-local features with relevance feedback

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Effective content-based image retrieval using bag-of-local features with relevance feedback


Author: Cho, Wai Shing
Title: Effective content-based image retrieval using bag-of-local features with relevance feedback
Degree: Eng.D.
Year: 2013
Subject: Image processing -- Digital techniques.
Database management.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Pages: xvi, 132 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2616065
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7039
Abstract: Automatic object annotation usually requires complicated segmentation to separate foreground objects from the background scene. However, the statistical content of a background scene can actually provide very useful information for image retrieval. In this dissertation, we propose a new hybrid pyramid kernel which incorporates local features extracted from both dense regular grids and interest points for image classification, without requiring segmentation. Features extracted from dense regular grids can better capture information about the background scene, while interest points detected at corners and edges can better capture information about the salient objects. In our algorithm, these two local features are combined in both the spatial and the feature-space domains, and are organized into pyramid representations. In order to obtain a better retrieval performance, we fine-tune the parameters involved in the similarity measure, and we determine discriminative regions by means of relevance feedback. From the experimental results, we observe that our algorithm can achieve a 6.37% increase in performance as compared to other pyramid-representation-based methods. To evaluate the applicability of the proposed hybrid kernel in large-scale databases, we have performed a cross-dataset experiment and investigated the effect of foreground/background features on each of the kernels. In particular, the proposed hybrid kernel has been proven to satisfy Mercer's condition and is efficient in measuring the similarity between image features. For instance, the computational complexity of the proposed hybrid kernel is proportional to the number of features.

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