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Mapping low-level image features to semantic concepts
Author(s): Daniela Stan; Ishwar K. Sethi
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Paper Abstract

Humans tend to use high-level semantic concepts when querying and browsing multimedia databases; there is thus, a need for systems that extract these concepts and make available annotations for the multimedia data. The system presented in this paper satisfies this need by automatically generating semantic concepts for images form their low-level visual features. The proposed system is built in two stages. First, an adaptation of k-means clustering using a non- Euclidean similarity metric is applied to discover the natural patterns of the data in the low-level feature space; the cluster prototype is designed to summarize the cluster in a manner that is suited for quick human comprehension of its components. Second, statistics measuring the variation within each cluster are used to derive a set of mappings between the most significant low-level features and the most frequent keywords of the corresponding cluster. The set of the derived rules could be used further to capture the semantic content and index new untagged images added to the image database. The attachment of semantic concepts to images will also give the system the advantage of handling queries expressed in terms of keywords and thus, it reduces the semantic gap between the user's conceptualization of a query and the query that is actually specified to the system. While the suggested scheme works with any kind of low-level features, our implementation and description of the system is centered on the use of image color information. Experiments using a 21 00 image database are presented to show the efficacy of the proposed system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4315, Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2001, (1 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.410925
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Daniela Stan, Oakland Univ. (United States)
Ishwar K. Sethi, Oakland Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4315:
Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2001
Minerva M. Yeung; Chung-Sheng Li; Rainer W. Lienhart, Editor(s)

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