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Color compact descriptor for fast image and video segment retrieval
Author(s): Santhana Krishnamachari; Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb
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Paper Abstract

Histograms are the most prevalently used representation for the color content of images and video. An elaborate representation of the histograms requires specifying the color centers of the histogram bins and the count of the number of image pixels with that color. Such an elaborate representation, though expressive, may not be necessary for some tasks in image search, filtering and retrieval. A qualitative representation of the histogram is sufficient for many applications. Such as representation will be compact and greatly simplify the storage and transmission of the image representation. It will also reduce the computational complexity of search and filtering algorithms without adversely affecting the quality. We present such a compact binary descriptor for color representation. This descriptor is the quantized Haar transform coefficients of the color histogram. We show the use of this descriptor for browsing large image databases without the need for computationally expensive clustering algorithms. The compact nature of the descriptor and the associated simple similarity measure allows searching over a database of about four hours of video in less than 5-6 seconds without the use of any sophisticated indexing scheme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3972, Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2000, (23 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.373592
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Santhana Krishnamachari, Philips Research (United States)
Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb, Philips Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3972:
Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2000
Minerva M. Yeung; Boon-Lock Yeo; Charles A. Bouman, Editor(s)

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