A Relevance Feedback Image Retrieval Scheme Using Multi-Instance and Pseudo Image Concepts

Feng-Cheng CHANG  Hsueh-Ming HANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E89-D   No.5   pp.1720-1731
Publication Date: 2006/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e89-d.5.1720
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image Processing and Video Processing
image retrieval,  perception weighting,  relevance feedback,  

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Content-based image search has long been considered a difficult task. Making correct conjectures on the user intention (perception) based on the query images is a critical step in the content-based search. One key concept in this paper is how we find the user preferred low-level image characteristics from the multiple positive samples provided by the user. The second key concept is how we generate a set of consistent "pseudo images" when the user does not provide a sufficient number of samples. The notion of image feature stability is thus introduced. The third key concept is how we use negative images as pruning criterion. In realizing the preceding concepts, an image search scheme is developed using the weighted low-level image features. At the end, quantitative simulation results are used to show the effectiveness of these concepts.