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Characterization of color distributions with histograms and kernel density estimators
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Paper Abstract

Color is widely used for content-based image retrieval. In these applications the color properties of an image are characterized by the probability distribution of the colors in the image. These probability distributions are very often estimated by histograms although the histograms have many drawbacks compared to other estimators such as kernel density methods. In this paper we investigate whether using kernel density estimators instead of histograms could give better descriptors of color images. Experiments using these descriptors to estimate the parameters of the underlying color distribution and in color based image retrieval (CBIR) applications were carried out in which the MPEG7 database of 5466 color images with 50 standard queries are used as the benchmark. Noisy images are also generated and put into the CBIR application to test the robustness of the descriptors against the noise. The results of our experiments show that good density estimators are not necessarily good descriptors for CBIR applications. We found that the histograms perform better than kernel based methods when used as descriptors for CBIR applications. In the second part of the paper, optimal values of important parameters in the construction of these descriptors, particularly the smoothing parameters or the bandwidth of the estimators, are discussed. Our experiments show that using over-smoothed bandwidth gives better retrieval performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 January 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5018, Internet Imaging IV, (10 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.473588
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Linh Viet Tran, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)
Reiner Lenz, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5018:
Internet Imaging IV
Simone Santini; Raimondo Schettini, Editor(s)

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