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Modeling objects by probability density functions (pdf) is a new powerful method to represent complex objects in databases. By representing an object as a pdf e.g. a Gaussian, it is possible to represent very large and complex objects in a compact and still descriptive way. In this contribution, we propose ProVeR a prototype search engine for content-based video retrieval which represents a video as a set of Gaussians. The Gaussians are managed by the Gauss-tree, an index structure allowing the efficient processing of probabilistic queries. ProVeR provides even non-expert users with an intuitive method for efficient, content-based retrieval of videos containing similar shots and scenes.
Date of Conference: 15-20 April 2007