Communications in Information and Systems

Volume 3 (2003)

Number 1

A general approach to indexing and retrieval of images in image databases

Pages: 61 – 74

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/CIS.2003.v3.n1.a5

Authors

Qing-Long Zhang (Department of Information Technology, University of South Florida, Lakeland, Fl., U.S.A.)

Stephen S.-T. Yau (Control and Information Laboratory, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.)

Abstract

In this paper we present a very general approach to indexing and retrieval of images in image database systems. We allow different ways of indexing and matching for objects in an image, and integrate them with our existing approach of the generalized extended pseudo-2D string and generalized combined 2D string representation of the image to formulate a more general framework for iconic indexing and retrieval of images. Image retrieval is then discussed, and the query processing of image retrieval consists of both matching of objects and matching of spatial relationships. This suggestion for general-purpose image database systems is particularly suitable for building huge, heterogeneous and distributed image databases.

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