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Query by image and video content: the QBIC system

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Flickner, M. ; IBM Almaden Res. Center, San Jose, CA, USA ; Sawhney, H. ; Niblack, W. ; Ashley, J.
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Research on ways to extend and improve query methods for image databases is widespread. We have developed the QBIC (Query by Image Content) system to explore content-based retrieval methods. QBIC allows queries on large image and video databases based on example images, user-constructed sketches and drawings, selected color and texture patterns, camera and object motion, and other graphical information. Two key properties of QBIC are (1) its use of image and video content-computable properties of color, texture, shape and motion of images, videos and their objects-in the queries, and (2) its graphical query language, in which queries are posed by drawing, selecting and other graphical means. This article describes the QBIC system and demonstrates its query capabilities. QBIC technology is part of several IBM products

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Computer  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 9 )