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Similarity measure method between images for content-based retrieval (CBIR)

Référence

02268-01

Statut des brevets

US Provisionnal application 12/385378 filed on March 30th, 2009

Inventeurs

Michel BARLAUD
Sandrine ANTHOINE
Eric DEBREUVE
Paolo PIRO

Statut commercial

Exclusive or non-exclusive licence Collaborative research

Laboratoire

I3S, CNRS, France, http://www.i3s.unice.fr

Description

The present invention relates to a method for measuring the dissimilarity between images, a method for ranking images from the most similar to the less similar to a query image, a method for categorizing a query image into at least two categories and a method for measuring the dissimilarity between video sequences.

Fig 1. Examples of images ranking (from COREL Database)

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION

The invention proposes a new global description based on Sparse Multiscale Patches. The method comprises the following steps : 

  • multiresolution decomposition of the first and the second images

Laplacian pyramid decomposition ; classical, complex and/or redundant wavelet transforms;  steerable pyramid, bandlets, curvelets, etc.

  • constituting vectors (patches)

multidimensional feature vectors (patches) that capture interscale and intrascale dependencies among subband coefficients. These are better adapted to the description of local image structures and texture.

  • evaluation of the dissimilarity between the probability density function of patches

Kullback-Leibler divergence, the Battacharya measure, mutual information, the Hellinger distance, or more generally a Bregman divergence (possibly symmetrized).

BENEFITS

  • More effective measure of the dissimilarity
  • Dissimilarity ranking
  • No prior text annotation of the images

INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

Image processing for:

  • searching for digital images in large databases
  • categorization of images,
  • ranking images from the most similar to the less similar to a query image
  • detection of video copies

Useful for Art collections, Photograph archives, Retail catalogs, Medical diagnosis, Intellectual property, Architectural and engineering design, Geographical information, …

EXAMPLES OF CONTENT-BASED RETRIEVAL IMAGES

Retrieval results for 5 images of the COREL database. For each row, left to right: query image; first 4
ranked images of the database (excluding the query image).
For each retrieved image, the SMP similarity measure to the query is also shown.

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