PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Graph Laplacian for interactive image retrieval
Hichem Sahbi, Patrick Etyngier, Jean-Yves Audibert and Renaud Keriven
In: ICASSP 2008, 30 Mar - 04 Apr 2008, Nevada, US.


Interactive image search or relevance feedback is the process which helps a user refining his query and finding difficult target categories. This consists in a step-by-step labeling of a very small fraction of an image database and iteratively refining a decision rule using both the labeled and unlabeled data. Training of this decision rule is referred to as transductive learning. Our work is an original approach for relevance feedback based on Graph Laplacian. We introduce a new Graph Laplacian which makes it possible to robustly learn the embedding of the manifold enclosing the dataset via a diffusion map. Our approach is two-folds: it allows us (i) to integrate all the unlabeled images in the decision process and (ii) to robustly capture the topology of the image set. Relevance feedback experiments were conducted on simple databases including Olivetti and Swedish as well as challenging and large scale databases including Corel. Comparisons show clear and consistent gain of our graph Laplacian method with respect to state-of-the art relevance feedback approaches.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Machine Vision
Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Information Retrieval & Textual Information Access
ID Code:5085
Deposited By:Jean-Yves Audibert
Deposited On:24 March 2009