A new family of distance functions for perceptual similarity retrieval of medical images.

Abstract:

:A long-standing challenge of content-based image retrieval (CBIR) systems is the definition of a suitable distance function to measure the similarity between images in an application context which complies with the human perception of similarity. In this paper, we present a new family of distance functions, called attribute concurrence influence distances (AID), which serve to retrieve images by similarity. These distances address an important aspect of the psychophysical notion of similarity in comparisons of images: the effect of concurrent variations in the values of different image attributes. The AID functions allow for comparisons of feature vectors by choosing one of two parameterized expressions: one targeting weak attribute concurrence influence and the other for strong concurrence influence. This paper presents the mathematical definition and implementation of the AID family for a two-dimensional feature space and its extension to any dimension. The composition of the AID family with L (p) distance family is considered to propose a procedure to determine the best distance for a specific application. Experimental results involving several sets of medical images demonstrate that, taking as reference the perception of the specialist in the field (radiologist), the AID functions perform better than the general distance functions commonly used in CBIR.

journal_name

J Digit Imaging

authors

Felipe JC,Traina C Jr,Traina AJ

doi

10.1007/s10278-007-9084-x

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2009-04-01 00:00:00

pages

183-201

issue

2

eissn

0897-1889

issn

1618-727X

journal_volume

22

pub_type

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