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Comparing dissimilarity measures for content-based image retrieval.

Liu, Haiming; Song, Dawei; R�ger, Stefan; Hu, Rui; Uren, Victoria


Haiming Liu

Dawei Song

Stefan R�ger

Rui Hu

Victoria Uren


Hang Li

Ting Liu

Wei-Ying Ma

Tetsuya Sakai

Kam-Fai Wong

Guodong Zhou


Dissimilarity measurement plays a crucial role in content-based image retrieval, where data objects and queries are represented as vectors in high-dimensional content feature spaces. Given the large number of dissimilarity measures that exist in many fields, a crucial research question arises: Is there a dependency, if yes, what is the dependency, of a dissimilarity measure's retrieval performance, on different feature spaces? In this paper, we summarize fourteen core dissimilarity measures and classify them into three categories. A systematic performance comparison is carried out to test the effectiveness of these dissimilarity measures with six different feature spaces and some of their combinations on the Corel image collection. From our experimental results, we have drawn a number of observations and insights on dissimilarity measurement in content-based image retrieval, which will lay a foundation for developing more effective image search technologies.


LIU, H., SONG, D., RUGER, S., HU, R. and UREN, V. 2008. Comparing dissimilarity measures for content-based image retrieval. In Li, H., Liu, T., Ma, W.-Y., Sakai, T., Wong, K.-F. and Zhou, G. (eds.) Information retrieval technology: revised selected papers from the proceedings of the 4th Asia information retrieval symposium (AIRS 2008), 15-18 January 2008, Harbin, China. Lecture notes in computer science, 4993. Berlin: Springer [online], pages 44-50. Available from:

Conference Name 4th Asia information retrieval symposium (AIRS 2008)
Conference Location Harbin, China
Start Date Jan 15, 2008
End Date Jan 18, 2008
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2008
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Deposit Date May 29, 2009
Publicly Available Date May 29, 2009
Publisher Springer
Pages 44-50
Series Title Lecture notes in computer science
Series Number 4993
ISBN 3540686339; 9783540686330
Keywords Dissimilarity measure; Feature space; Content based image retrieval
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