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A Multimodal Constellation Model for Object Image Classification

  • Yasunori Kamiya1Email author,
  • Tomokazu Takahashi2,
  • Ichiro Ide1 and
  • Hiroshi Murase1
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing20102010:426781

DOI: 10.1155/2010/426781

Received: 8 May 2009

Accepted: 17 February 2010

Published: 31 May 2010


We present an efficient method for object image classification. The method is an extention of the constellation model, which is a part-based model. Generally, constellation model has two weak points. (1) It is essentially a unimodal model which is unsuitable to be applied for categories with many types of appearances. (2) The probability function that represents the constellation model requires a high calculation cost. We introduced multimodalization and speed-up technique to the constellation model to overcome these weak points. The proposed model consists of multiple subordinate constellation models so that diverse types of appearances of an object category could be described by each of them, leading to the increase of description accuracy and consequently, improvement of the classification performance. In this paper, we present how to describe each type of appearance as a subordinate constellation model without any prior knowledge regarding the types of appearances, and also the implementation of the extended model's learning in realistic time. In experiments, we confirmed the effectiveness of the proposed model by comparison to methods using BoF, and also that the model learning could be realized in realistic time.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University
Faculty of Economics and Information, Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University


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