Emergence Index in Image Databases

Emergence Index in Image Databases

Sagarmay Deb (Southern Cross University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch215
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Images are generated everywhere from various sources. It could be satellite pictures, biomedical, scientific, entertainment, sports and many more, generated through video camera, ordinary camera, x-ray machine, and so on. These images are stored in image databases. Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) technique is being applied to access these vast volumes of images from databases efficiently. Some of the areas, where CBIR is applied, include weather forecasting, scientific database management, art galleries, law enforcement, and fashion design. Initially image representation was based on various attributes of the image like height, length, angle and was accessed using those attributes extracted manually and managed within the framework of conventional database management systems. Queries are specified using these attributes. This entails a high-level of image abstraction (Chen, Li & Wang, 2004). Also there was feature-based object-recognition approach where the process was automated to extract images based on color, shape, texture, and spatial relations among various objects of the image. Recently combining these two approaches, efficient image representation and query-processing algorithms, have been developed to access image databases. Recent CBIR research tries to combine both of these above mentioned approach and has given rise to efficient image representations and data models, query-processing algorithms, intelligent query interfaces and domain-independent system architecture. As we mentioned, image retrieval can be based on lowlevel visual features such as color (Antani, Rodney Long & Thoma, 2004; Deb & Kulkarni, 2007; Deb & Kulkarni, 2007a; Ritter & Cooper, 2007; Srisuk & Kurutach, 2002; Sural, Qian & Pramanik, 2002; Traina, Traina, Jr., Bueno, & Chino, 2003; Verma & Kulkarni, 2004), texture (Antani et al., 2004; Deb & Kulkarni, 2007a; Zhou, Feng & Shi, 2001), shape (Ritter & Cooper, 2007; Safar, Shahabi & Sun, 2000; Shahabi & Safar, 1999; Tao & Grosky, 1999), high-level semantics (Forsyth et al., 1996), or both (Zhao & Grosky, 2001). But most of the works done so far are based on the analysis of explicit meanings of images. But image has implicit meanings as well, which give more and different meanings than only explicit analysis provides. In this paper we provide the concepts of emergence index and analysis of the implicit meanings of the image which we believe should be taken into account in analysis of images of image or multimedia databases.
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Concepts of Emergence

A feature of an image which is not explicit would be emergent feature if it can be made explicit. There are three types of emergence: computational emergence, thermodynamic emergence and emergence relative to a model (Cariani, 1992). We would use the latter one in our chapter.

Whenever we shift our focus on an existing shape, in other words an image, new shape emerges. The representation of the new shape is based upon our view of the original shape. The new shape emerges as we change our view of the original shape. This is the most important idea of emergence. Two classes of shape emergence have been identified: embedded shape emergence and illusory shape emergence (Gero, year unknown; Gero & Maher, 1994). These procedures could be based on geometrical, topological, or dimensional studies of the original shape.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Content-Based Image Retrieval: In this kind of retrieval, symmetry between input image and images of database are established based on contents of the images under consideration.

Embedded Shape Emergence: In embedded shape emergence, all the emergent shapes can be identified by set theory kind of procedures on the original shape under consideration. For example, in a set S= {a,b,c,d,e}, we can find subsets like S1={a,b,c}, S2={c,d,e}, S3={a,c,e}, and so on.

Emergence Relative to a Model: In this case, deviation of the behavior from the original model gives rise to emergence.

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