A region-based fuzzy feature matching approach to content-based image retrieval

Yixin Chen, James Z. Wang

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Abstract

This paper proposes a fuzzy logic approach, UFM (unified feature matching), for region-based image retrieval. In our retrieval system, an image is represented by a set of segmented regions, each of which is characterized by a fuzzy feature (fuzzy set) reflecting color, texture, and shape properties. As a result, an image is associated with a family of fuzzy features corresponding to regions. Fuzzy features naturally characterize the gradual transition between regions (blurry boundaries) within an image and incorporate the segmentation-related uncertainties into the retrieval algorithm. The resemblance of two images is then defined as the overall similarity between two families of fuzzy features and quantified by a similarity measure, UFM measure, which integrates properties of all the regions in the images. Compared with similarity measures based on individual regions and on all regions with crisp-valued feature representations, the UFM measure greatly reduces the influence of inaccurate segmentation and provides a very intuitive quantification. The UFM has been implemented as a part of our experimental SIMPLIcity image retrieval system. The performance of the system is illustrated using examples from an image database of about 60,000 general-purpose images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1252-1267
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Feature Matching
Content-based Image Retrieval
Image retrieval
Fuzzy sets
Fuzzy logic
Textures
Color
Image Retrieval
Similarity Measure
Retrieval
Segmentation
Image Database
Inaccurate
Quantification
Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy Sets
Texture
Intuitive
Integrate
Uncertainty

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics

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In: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 24, No. 9, 01.09.2002, p. 1252-1267.

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