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Automatic Hierarchical Color Image Classification

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Organizing images into semantic categories can be extremely useful for content-based image retrieval and image annotation. Grouping images into semantic classes is a difficult problem, however. Image classification attempts to solve this hard problem by using low-level image features. In this paper, we propose a method for hierarchical classification of images via supervised learning. This scheme relies on using a good low-level feature and subsequently performing feature-space reconfiguration using singular value decomposition to reduce noise and dimensionality. We use the training data to obtain a hierarchical classification tree that can be used to categorize new images. Our experimental results suggest that this scheme not only performs better than standard nearest-neighbor techniques, but also has both storage and computational advantages.

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Correspondence to Jing Huang.

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Huang, J., Kumar, S.R. & Zabih, R. Automatic Hierarchical Color Image Classification. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2003, 453751 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1155/S1110865703211161

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Keywords

  • image classification
  • color correlogram
  • classification tree