Information Retrieval

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 229–241 | Cite as

Content-Based Image Retrieval in Astronomy

  • A. Csillaghy
  • H. Hinterberger
  • A.O. Benz


Content-based image retrieval in astronomy needs methods that can deal with an image content made of noisy and diffuse structures. This motivates investigations on how information should be summarized and indexed for this specific kind of images. The method we present first summarizes the image information content by partitioning the image in regions with same texture. We call this process texture summarization. Second, indexing features are generated by examining the distribution of parameters describing image regions. Indexing features can be associated with global or local image characteristics. Both kinds of indexing features are evaluated on the retrieval system of the Zurich archive of solar radio spectrograms. The evaluation shows that generating local indexing features using self-organizing maps yields the best effectiveness of all tested methods.

astronomy image archives self-organizing maps image feature indexing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Csillaghy
    • 1
  • H. Hinterberger
    • 2
  • A.O. Benz
    • 3
  1. 1.Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley
  2. 2.Institute of Scientific Computing, ETH-ZentrumZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Astronomy, ETH-ZentrumZurichSwitzerland

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