Kernel vector approximation files for relevance feedback retrieval in large image databases

Douglas R. Heisterkamp, Jing Peng

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Many data partitioning index methods perform poorly in high dimensional space and do not support relevance feedback retrieval. The vector approximation file (VA-File) approach overcomes some of the difficulties of high dimensional vector spaces, but cannot be applied to relevance feedback retrieval using kernel distances in the data measurement space. This paper introduces a novel KVA-File (kernel VA-File) that extends VA-File to kernel-based retrieval methods. An efficient approach to approximating vectors in an induced feature space is presented with the corresponding upper and lower distance bounds. Thus an effective indexing method is provided for kernel-based relevance feedback image retrieval methods. Experimental results using large image data sets (approximately 100,000 images with 463 dimensions of measurement) validate the efficacy of our method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-189
Number of pages15
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005



  • Content-based image retrieval
  • Indexing
  • Kernel methods
  • Relevance feedback
  • VA-File

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