Retrieval of color patterns based on perceptual dimensions of texture and human similarity rules

Aleksandra Mojsilovic, Jelena Kovacevic, Jianying Hu, Robert J. Safranek, S. Kicha Ganapathy

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While it is recognized that images are described through color, texture and shapes of objects in the scene, the general image understanding is still very difficult. Thus, to perform an image retrieval in a human-like manner one has to chose a specific domain, understand how users achieve similarity within that domain and then build a system that duplicates human performance. Since color and texture are fundamental aspects of human perception we propose a set of techniques for retrieval of color patterns. To determine how humans judge similarity of color patterns we performed a subjective study. Based on the results of the study five most relevant visual categories for the perception of pattern similarity were identified. We also determined the hierarchy of rules governing the use of these categories. Based on these results we designed a system which accepts one or more texture images as input, and depending on the query, produces a set of choices that follow human behavior in pattern matching. Processing steps in our model follow those of the human visual system, resulting in perceptually based features and distance measures. As expected, search results closely correlate with human choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-452
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 25 1999Jan 28 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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