Bundling Features for Large Scale Partial-DuplicateWeb Image Search

In state-of-the-art image retrieval systems, an image is represented by a bag of visual words obtained by quantizing high-dimensional local image descriptors, and scalable schemes inspired by text retrieval are then applied for large scale image indexing and retrieval. Bag-of-words representations, however: 1) reduce the discriminative power of image features due to feature quantization; and 2) ignore geometric relationships among visual words. Exploiting such geometric constraints, by estimating a 2D affine transformation between a query image and each candidate image, has been shown to greatly improve retrieval precision but at high computational cost. In this paper we present a novel scheme where image features are bundled into local groups. Each group of bundled features becomes much more discriminative than a single feature, and within each group simple and robust geometric constraints can be efficiently enforced. Experiments in web image search, with a database of more than one million images, show that our scheme achieves a 49% improvement in average precision over the baseline bag-of-words approach. Retrieval performance is comparable to existing full geometric verification approaches while being much less computationally expensive. When combined with full geometric verification we achieve a 77% precision improvement over the baseline bag-of-words approach, and a 24% improvement over full geometric verification alone.

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In  CVPR 2009

Publisher  IEEE
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TypeInproceedings
Pages25--32
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