Scalable relevance feedback using click-through data for web image retrieval

  • Authors:
  • En Cheng;Feng Jing;Lei Zhang;Hai Jin

  • Affiliations:
  • Huazhong Uni. of Sci. & Tech., Wuhan, China;Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China;Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China;Huazhong Uni. of Sci. & Tech., Wuhan, China

  • Venue:
  • MULTIMEDIA '06 Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia
  • Year:
  • 2006

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Relevance feedback (RF) has been extensively studied in the content-based image retrieval community. However, no commercial Web image search engines support RF because of scalability, efficiency and effectiveness issues. In this paper we proposed a scalable relevance feedback mechanism using click-through data for web image retrieval. The proposed mechanism regards users' click-through data as implicit feedback which could be collected at lower cost, in larger quantities and without extra burden on the user. During RF process, both textual feature and visual feature are used in a sequential way. To seamlessly combine textual feature-based RF and visual feature-based RF, a query concept-dependent fusion strategy is automatically learned. Experimental results on a database consisting of nearly three million Web images show that the proposed mechanism is wieldy, scalable and effective.