On the choice of similarity measures for image retrieval by example

Jean Philippe Tarel, Sabri Boughorbel

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In image retrieval systems, a variety of simple similarity measures are used. The choice for one similarity measure or another is generally driven by an experimental comparison on a labeled database. The drawback of such an approach is that, while a large number of possible similarity measures can be tested, we do not know how to extend from the obtained results. However, the choice of a good similarity measure leads to noticeable better results. It is known that this choice is related to the variability of the images within the same class. Therefore, we propose a model of image retrieval systems and deduce a scheme for deriving the best similarity measure in a set of similarity measures, assuming a parametric model of the variability of feature vectors within the same class. An experimental validation of the model and the derived similarity measures is performed on synthetic ground-truth databases. Finally, from our experiments, we give several rules to follow for the design of ground-truth databases allowing reliable conclusions on the search of better similarity measures.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference of Multimedia - Juan les Pins, France
Duration: 1 Dec 20026 Dec 2002


Other10th International Conference of Multimedia
CityJuan les Pins


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Tarel, J. P., & Boughorbel, S. (2002). On the choice of similarity measures for image retrieval by example. 446-455. Paper presented at 10th International Conference of Multimedia, Juan les Pins, France.