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Progressive search and retrieval in large image archives

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6 Author(s)
V. Castelli ; IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 704, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA ; L. D. Bergman ; I. Kontoyiannis ; C. -S. Li
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In this paper, we describe the architecture and implementation of a framework to perform content-based search of an image database, where content is specified by the user at one or more of the following three abstraction levels: pixel, feature, and semantic. This framework incorporates a methodology that yields a computationally efficient implementation of image-processing algorithms, thus allowing the efficient extraction and manipulation of user-specified features and content during the execution of queries. The framework is well suited for searching scientific databases, such as satellite-image-, medical-, and seismic-data repositories, where the volume and diversity of the information do not allow the a priori generation of exhaustive indexes, but we have successfully demonstrated its usefulness on still-image archives.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 2 )