Query-by-Sketch Image Retrieval Using Edge Relation Histogram

Yoshiki KUMAGAI, Gosuke OHASHI
2013 IEICE transactions on information and systems  
There has recently been much research on content-based image retrieval (CBIR) that uses image features including color, shape, and texture. In CBIR, feature extraction is important because the retrieval result depends on the image feature. Query-by-sketch image retrieval is one of CBIR and query-by-sketch image retrieval is efficient because users simply have to draw a sketch to retrieve the desired images. In this type of retrieval, selecting the optimum feature extraction method is important
more » ... ecause the retrieval result depends on the image feature. We have developed a query-by-sketch image retrieval method that uses an edge relation histogram (ERH) as a global and local feature intended for binary line images. This histogram is based on the patterns of distribution of other line pixels centered on each line pixel that have been obtained by global and local processing. ERH, which is a shift-and scale-invariant feature, focuses on the relation among the edge pixels. It is fairly simple to describe rotationand symmetry-invariant features, and query-by-sketch image retrieval using ERH makes it possible to perform retrievals that are not affected by position, size, rotation, or mirroring. We applied the proposed method to 20,000 images in the Corel Photo Gallery. Experimental results showed that it was an effective means of retrieving images. key words: image retrieval, feature extraction, edge image, sketch image
doi:10.1587/transinf.e96.d.340 fatcat:fzsupgsjrzhcvmobse74xdfmt4