Information Retrieval for Fine Arts Database System

Hironari NOZAKI  Yukuo ISOMOTO  Katsumi YOSHINE  Naohiro ISHII  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E80-D   No.2   pp.206-211
Publication Date: 1997/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Educational System using Multimedia and Communication Technology)
Category: Virtual reality and database for educational use
computer applications,  information retrieval,  databases,  fuzzy set theory,  

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This paper proposes the concept of information retrieval for fine arts database system on the fuzzy set theory, especially concerning to sensitive impression and location data. The authors have already reported several important formulations about the data structure and information retrieval models based on the fuzzy set theory for multimedia database. The fuzzy models of the information retrieval are implemented in the fine arts database system, which has the following features: (1) The procedure of information retrieval is formulated in the fuzzy set theory; (2) This database can treat multimedia data such as document data, sensitive impression, location information, and imagedata. (3) It is possible to retrieve the stored data based on sensitive impression and the location data such as "joyful pictures which have a mountain in the center and there is a tree in the right"; (4) Users can input impression words as a retrieval condition, and estimate their grades such as "low," "medium," and "high"; (5) For the result of information retrieval, the satisfaction grade is calculated based on fuzzy retrieval model; and (6) The stored data are about 400 fine arts paintings which are inserted by the textbook of fine arts currently used at the junior high school and high school in Japan. These features of this system give an effects of the fine arts education, and should be useful for information retrieval of fine arts. The results of this study will become increasingly important in connection with development of multimedia technology.