MyPlaces: detecting important settings in a visual diary
Blighe, Michael and O'Connor, Noel E. (2008) MyPlaces: detecting important settings in a visual diary. In: CIVR 2008 - ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval , 07-09 July 2008, Niagara Falls, Canada. ISBN 978-1-60558-070-8
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We describe a novel approach to identifying specific settings in large collections of passively captured images corresponding to a visual diary. An algorithm developed for setting detection should be capable of detecting images captured at the same real world locations (e.g. in the dining room at home, in front of the computer in the office, in the park, etc.). This requires the selection and implementation of suitable methods to identify visually similar backgrounds in images using their visual features. We use a Bag of Keypoints approach. This method is based on the sampling and subsequent vector quantization of multiple image patches.
The image patches are sampled and described using Scale
Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) features. We compare
two different classifiers, K Nearest Neighbour and Multiclass Linear Perceptron, and present results for classifying ten different settings across one week’s worth of images. Our results demonstrate that the method produces good classification accuracy even without exploiting geometric or context based information. We also describe an early prototype of a visual diary browser that integrates the classification results.
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