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Beyond “Near-Duplicates”: Learning Hash Codes for Efficient Similar-Image Retrieval

Shumeet Baluja
Michele Covell
20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2010


Finding similar images in a large database is an important, but often computationally expensive, task. In this paper, we present a two-tier similar-image retrieval system with the efficiency characteristics found in simpler systems designed to recognize near-duplicates. We compare the efficiency of lookups based on random projections and learned hashes to 100-times-more-frequent exemplar sampling. Both approaches significantly improve on the results from exemplar sampling, despite having significantly lower computational costs. Learned-hash keys provide the best result, in terms of both recall and efficiency.

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