Image databases are not databases with images

  • Simone Santini
  • Ramesh Jain
Session 9: Image Databases
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1311)


In this paper, we discuss a number of new problems that arise in image databases, and that set them apart from traditional databases. The fact that image databases are based on similarity, rather than matching, creates a whose set of new issues.Most noticeably, while matching is, by and large, a well defined concept, there are many possible types of similarities. In this paper, we consider the problem of simulating human similarity perception. We argue that a satisfactory solution is possible for preattentive similarity, and we present a general and comprehensive geometric similarity model.


Image Database Feature Contrast Traditional Database Average Gray Level Fuzzy Predicate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Santini
    • 1
  • Ramesh Jain
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Information EngineeringUniversity of California, San DiegoLa Jolla

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