In the real world, people often focus on the distinctive objects (Salient Regions, SR) in a scene. Thus, a number of saliency detection methods are introduced into content-based image retrieval (CBIR), which is often with Bag of Words (BoW) model. These methods aim to use the saliency map to prune keypoints or discard the keypoints from the background. However, these methods do not consider the background of the image and the characteristics of the dataset itself. In this paper we focus on the following two issues: 1) whether the saliency pruning method is useful for image retrieval in different kinds of datasets (e.g., salient/cluttered, mixed image database); 2) we test the effectiveness of the discarded parts from the background (Non-Salient Regions, Non-SR) for different kinds of image database. In order to demonstrate the performance of using visual saliency, we conduct experiments on two publicly available database (Ukbench, Holidays). The experiments reveal that the way of using saliency map to filter a small amount of key-points can clearly improve the performance of CBIR, and the keypoints in the background are also useful in some kinds of image datasets.
Multimedia Tools and Applications – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 31, 2017
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