8.2. Image Domains

In this section, we discuss patterns in image search applications, the repertoire of images, the influence of the image formation process, and the semantic gap between image descriptors and the user.

8.2.1. Search modes

We distinguish three broad categories of search modes when using a content-based image retrieval system; see Figure 8.4.

  • Search by association encompasses a broad variety of methods and systems designed to browse through a large set of images from unspecified sources. At the start, users of search by association have no specific aims other than to find interesting images. Search by association often implies iterative refinement of the search, the similarity, or the examples with which the search was initiated. ...

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