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Feature context for image classification and object detection

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4 Author(s)
Xinggang Wang ; Dept. of Electron. & Inf. Eng., Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Wuhan, China ; Xiang Bai ; Wenyu Liu ; Latecki, L.J.

In this paper, we presents a new method to encode the spatial information of local image features, which is a natural extension of Shape Context (SC), so we call it Feature Context (FC). Given a position in a image, SC computes histogram of other points belonging to the target binary shape based on their distances and angles to the position. The value of each histogram bin of SC is the number of the shape points in the region assigned to the bin. Thus, SC requires knowing the location of the points of the target shape. In other words, an image point can have only two labels, it belongs to the shape or not. In contrast, FC can be applied to the whole image without knowing the location of the target shape in the image. Each image point can have multiple labels depending on its local features. The value of each histogram bin of FC is a histogram of various features assigned to points in the bin region. We also introduce an efficient coding method to encode the local image features, call Radial Basis Coding (RBC). Combining RBC and FC together, and using a linear SVM classifier, our method is suitable for both image classification and object detection.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011 IEEE Conference on

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20-25 June 2011