International Journal of Computer Vision

, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 447–460

Using Basic Image Features for Texture Classification


DOI: 10.1007/s11263-009-0315-0

Cite this article as:
Crosier, M. & Griffin, L.D. Int J Comput Vis (2010) 88: 447. doi:10.1007/s11263-009-0315-0


Representing texture images statistically as histograms over a discrete vocabulary of local features has proven widely effective for texture classification tasks. Images are described locally by vectors of, for example, responses to some filter bank; and a visual vocabulary is defined as a partition of this descriptor-response space, typically based on clustering. In this paper, we investigate the performance of an approach which represents textures as histograms over a visual vocabulary which is defined geometrically, based on the Basic Image Features of Griffin and Lillholm (Proc. SPIE 6492(09):1–11, 2007), rather than by clustering. BIFs provide a natural mathematical quantisation of a filter-response space into qualitatively distinct types of local image structure. We also extend our approach to deal with intra-class variations in scale. Our algorithm is simple: there is no need for a pre-training step to learn a visual dictionary, as in methods based on clustering, and no tuning of parameters is required to deal with different datasets. We have tested our implementation on three popular and challenging texture datasets and find that it produces consistently good classification results on each, including what we believe to be the best reported for the KTH-TIPS and equal best reported for the UIUCTex databases.


Texture classification Basic Image Features Textons 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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