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W-transform method for feature-oriented multiresolution image retrieval
Author(s): Man Kam Kwong; Biquan Lin
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Paper Abstract

We present a local-feature-oriented image indexing and retrieval method based on Kwong and Tang's W-transform. Multiresolution histogram comparison is an effective method for content- based image indexing and retrieval. However, most recent approaches perform multiresolution analysis for whole images but do not exploit the local features present in the images. Since W- transform is featured by its ability to handle images of arbitrary size, with no periodicity assumptions, it provides a natural tool for analyzing local image features and building indexing systems based on such features. In our approach, the histograms of the local features of images are used in the indexing system. The system not only can retrieve images that are similar or identical to the query images but also can retrieve images that contain features specified in the query images, even if the retrieved images as a whole might be very different from the query images. The local-feature-oriented method also provides a speed advantage over the global multiresolution histogram comparison method. The feature-oriented approach is expected to be applicable in managing large-scale image systems such as video databases and medical image databases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2491, Wavelet Applications II, (6 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205368
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Man Kam Kwong, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Biquan Lin, Argonne National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2491:
Wavelet Applications II
Harold H. Szu, Editor(s)

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