Optimizing learning in image retrieval

Yong Rui, Thomas Huang

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Combining learning with vision techniques in interactive image retrieval has been an active research topic during the past few years. However, existing learning techniques either are based on heuristics or fail to analyze the working conditions. Furthermore, there is almost no in depth study on how to effectively learn from the users when there are multiple visual features in the retrieval system. To address these limitations, in this paper, we present a vigorous optimization formulation of the learning process and solve the problem in a principled way. By using Lagrange multipliers, we have derived explicit solutions, which are both optimal and fast to compute. Extensive comparisons against state-of-the-art techniques have been performed. Experiments were carried out on a large-size heterogeneous image collection consisting of 17,000 images. Retrieval performance was tested under a wide range of conditions. Various evaluation criteria, including precision-recall curve and rank measure, have demonstrated the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-243
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
StatePublished - 2000
EventIEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2000 - Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
Duration: Jun 13 2000Jun 15 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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