Object Categorization by Compositional Graphical Models

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Object Categorization by Compositional Graphical Models
This contribution proposes a compositionality architecture for visual object categorization, i.e., learning and recognizing multiple visual object classes in unsegmented, cluttered real-world scenes. We propose a sparse image representation based on localized feature histograms of salient regions. Category specific information is then aggregated by using relations from perceptual organization to form compositions of these descriptors. The underlying concept of image region aggregation to condense semantic information advocates for a statistical representation founded on graphical models. On the basis of this structure, objects and their constituent parts are localized. To complement the learned dependencies between compositions and categories, a global shape model of all compositions that form an object is trained. During inference, belief propagation reconciles bottomup feature-driven categorization with top-down category models. The system achieves a competitive recognition performa...
Björn Ommer, Joachim M. Buhmann
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Björn Ommer, Joachim M. Buhmann
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