Graph-Based Object Class Discovery
We are interested in the problem of discovering the set of object classes present in a database of images using a weakly supervised graph-based framework. Rather than making use of the ”Bag-of-Features (BoF)” approach widely used in current work on object recognition, we represent each image by a graph using a group of selected local invariant features. Using local feature matching and iterative Procrustes alignment, we perform graph matching and compute a similarity measure. Borrowing the idea of query expansion , we develop a similarity propagation based graph clustering (SPGC) method. Using this method class specific clusters of the graphs can be obtained. Such a cluster can be generally represented by using a higher level graph model whose vertices are the clustered graphs, and the edge weights are determined by the pairwise similarity measure. Experiments are performed on a dataset, in which the number of images increases from 1 to 50K and the number of objects increases from 1 to over 500. Some objects have been discovered with total recall and a precision 1 in a single cluster.