A Linear Manifold Color Descriptor for Medicine Package Recognition

Kenjiro SUGIMOTO
Koji INOUE
Yoshimitsu KUROKI
Sei-ichiro KAMATA

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E95-D    No.5    pp.1264-1271
Publication Date: 2012/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E95.D.1264
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Advances in Multimedia Signal Processing Techniques and Applications)
Category: Image Processing
Keyword: 
low-level color descriptor,  linear manifold,  medicine package recognition,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a color-based method for medicine package recognition, called a linear manifold color descriptor (LMCD). It describes a color distribution (a set of color pixels) of a color package image as a linear manifold (an affine subspace) in the color space, and recognizes an anonymous package by linear manifold matching. Mainly due to low dimensionality of color spaces, LMCD can provide more compact description and faster computation than description styles based on histogram and dominant-color. This paper also proposes distance-based dissimilarities for linear manifold matching. Specially designed for color distribution matching, the proposed dissimilarities are theoretically appropriate more than J-divergence and canonical angles. Experiments on medicine package recognition validates that LMCD outperforms competitors including MPEG-7 color descriptors in terms of description size, computational cost and recognition rate.