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A great deal of work has been done on the evaluation of information retrieval systems for alphanumeric data. The same thing can not be said about the newly emerging multimedia and image database systems. One of the central concerns in these systems is the automatic characterization of image content and retrieval of images based on similarity of image content. In this paper, we discuss effectiveness of several shape measures for content based similarity retrieval of images. The different shapedoi:10.1016/s0306-4573(96)00069-6 fatcat:twamw3lk7feobctd57np47mt7i