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Image Similarity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7993-3_1014-2



Given a pair of images each described by a feature set, image similarity is defined by comparing the feature set on the basis of a similarity function. In a typical Visual Information Retrieval system, while searching for a query image among the elements of the data set of images, knowledge of the domain will be expressed by formulating a similarity measure between the query and data set based on some visual features. Therefore, measuring meaningful image similarity consists of two intrinsic elements: finding a set of features for adequately describing the image content and finding a suitable metric for assessing the similarity on the basis of feature space. The feature set can be computed globally for the entire image or locally for a small group of pixels such as regions or objects. The similarity measure can be different depending on the types of features. Typically, the feature space is assumed to be...


Query Image Image Similarity Color Histogram Scale Invariant Feature Transform Salient Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microsoft Research AsiaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Microsoft China R&D GroupRedmondUSA