Weibull statistical modeling for textured image retrieval using nonsubsampled contourlet transform

  • Hong-ying Yang
  • Lin-lin Liang
  • Can Zhang
  • Xue-bing Wang
  • Pan-pan Niu
  • Xiang-yang Wang
Methodologies and Application


In this paper, we proposed a new framework for textured image retrieval, which is based on Weibull statistical distribution and nonsubsampled contourlet transform. Firstly, the image is decomposed into one lowpass subband and several highpass subbands by using nonsubsampled contourlet transform (NSCT). Secondly, Weibull probability distribution is employed to describe the statistical characteristics of the highpass NSCT coefficients, and the Weibull model parameters are utilized to construct a compact texture image feature space. Finally, image similarity measurement is accomplished by using closed-form solutions for the Kullback–Leibler divergences between the Weibull statistical models. Experimental results demonstrate the high efficiency of our textured image retrieval scheme, which can provide better retrieval rates and lower computational cost, in comparison with the state-of-the-art approaches recently proposed in the literature.


Textured image retrieval Nonsubsampled contourlet transform Weibull statistical model Kullback–Leibler divergences 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 61472171, 61272416 and 61701212, Project funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation No. 2017M621135, and the Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province of China under Grant No. 201602463.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hong-ying Yang
    • 1
  • Lin-lin Liang
    • 1
  • Can Zhang
    • 1
  • Xue-bing Wang
    • 1
  • Pan-pan Niu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiang-yang Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer and Information TechnologyLiaoning Normal UniversityDalianPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Electronic Information and Electrical EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianPeople’s Republic of China

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