Unsupervised Learning of Saliency Concepts for Natural Image Classification and Retrieval
In this paper, a novel multi-scale, statistical approach for natural image representation is presented. The approach selects, at different scales, sets of features that represent exclusively the most typical visual elements of several natural scene categories, disregarding other non-characteristic, clutter, elements. Such features provide also a robust image visual signature, useful for scene understanding, image classification and retrieval. The approach lies upon a structured generative model efficiently trained through variational learning. Results regarding image classification and retrieval prove the goodness of the approach.
KeywordsImage analysis Image classification Unsupervised learning