13Image Retrieval

Lei Zhang and Wei-Ying Ma

13.1 Introduction

Image retrieval, a technique for browsing, searching, and retrieving images from a large database of digital images, has been an active research area since the 1970s. Especially, the explosive growth of digital images due to the advances in the Internet and digital imaging devices greatly necessitates effective and efficient image retrieval techniques.

Basically, there are two image retrieval frameworks: text-based image retrieval and content-based image retrieval (CBIR). Text-based image retrieval can be traced back to the late 1970s. In traditional text-based image retrieval systems, images were first annotated with text and then searched using a text-based approach from traditional ...

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