IGroup: web image search results clustering

  • Authors:
  • Feng Jing;Changhu Wang;Yuhuan Yao;Kefeng Deng;Lei Zhang;Wei-Ying Ma

  • Affiliations:
  • Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China;University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China;Tsinghua University, Beijing, China;Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China;Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China;Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China

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

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In this paper, we propose, IGroup, an efficient and effective algorithm that organizes Web image search results into clusters. IGroup is different from all existing Web image search results clustering algorithms that only cluster the top few images using visual or textual features. Our proposed algorithm first identifies several query-related semantic clusters based on a key phrases extraction algorithm originally proposed for clustering general Web search results. Then, all the resulting images are separated and assigned to corresponding clusters. As a result, all the resulting images are organized into a clustering structure with semantic level. To make the best use of the clustering results, a new user interface (UI) is proposed. Different from existing Web image search interfaces, which show only a limited number of suggested query terms or representative image thumbnails of some clusters, the proposed interface displays both representative thumbnails and appropriate titles of semantically coherent image clusters. Comprehensive user studies have been completed to evaluate both the clustering algorithm and the new UI.