Mapping Perceptual Texture Similarity for Image Retrieval

  • Janet S. Payne
  • John Stonham
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3540)


Images are being produced and made available in ever increasing numbers; but how can we find images “like this one” that are of interest to us? Many different systems have been developed which offer content-based image retrieval (CBIR), using low-level features such as colour, texture and shape; but how can the retrieval performance of such systems be measured? We have produced a perceptually-derived ranking of similar images using the Brodatz textures image dataset, based on a human study, which can be used to benchmark retrieval performance. In this paper, we show how a “mental map” may be derived from individual judgements to provide a scale of psychological distance, and a visual indication of image similarity.


Image Retrieval Query Image Retrieval Performance Similarity Scale Psychological Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet S. Payne
    • 1
  • John Stonham
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Computing, Faculty of TechnologyBuckinghamshire Chilterns University CollegeHigh WycombeUK
  2. 2.Dept of Electronic and Computer EngineeringBrunel UniversityUxbridge

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