Learning query-dependent prefilters for scalable image retrieval

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Learning query-dependent prefilters for scalable image retrieval
We describe an algorithm for similar-image search which is designed to be efficient for extremely large collections of images. For each query, a small response set is selected by a fast prefilter, after which a more accurate ranker may be applied to each image in the response set. We consider a class of prefilters comprising disjunctions of conjunctions (“ORs of ANDs”) of Boolean features. AND filters can be implemented efficiently using skipped inverted files, a key component of web-scale text search engines. These structures permit search in time proportional to the response set size. The prefilters are learned from training examples, and refined at query time to produce an approximately bounded response set. We cast prefiltering as an optimization problem: for each test query, select the OR-of-AND filter which maximizes training-set recall for an adjustable bound on response set size. This may be efficiently implemented by selecting from a large pool of candidat...
Lorenzo Torresani (Dartmouth College), Martin Szum
Added 09 May 2009
Updated 10 Dec 2009
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where CVPR
Authors Lorenzo Torresani (Dartmouth College), Martin Szummer (Microsoft Research Cambridge), Andrew Fitzgibbon (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
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