Matching Images with Multiple Descriptors: An Unsupervised Approach for Locally Adaptive Descriptor Selection
1 National Taiwan University
2 Academia Sinica
In IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP 2015)
abstract
With the aim to improve the performance of feature matching, we present an unsupervised approach for adaptive description selection in the space of homographies. Inspired by the observation that the homographies of correct feature correspondences vary smoothly along the spatial domain, our approach stands on the unsupervised nature of feature matching, and can choose a good descriptor locally for matching each feature point, instead of using one global descriptor. To this end, the homography space serves as the domain for selecting various heterogeneous descriptors. Correspondences obtained by any descriptors are considered as points in the space, and their geometric coherence and spatial continuity are measured via computing the geodesic distances. In this way, mutual verification across different descriptors is allowed, and correct correspondences will be highlighted with a high degree of consistency (i.e., short geodesic distances here). It follows that one-class SVM can be applied to identifying these correct correspondences, and achieves adaptive descriptor selection. The proposed approach is comprehensively compared with the state-of-the-art approaches, and evaluated on five benchmarks of image matching. The promising results manifest its effectiveness.
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bibtex

@article{ HULCHC2015,
     author = {Yuan-Tin Hu and Yen-Yu Lin and Hsin-I Chen and Kuang-Jui Hsu and Bing-Yu Chen},
     journal = {TIP},
     title = {Matching Images with Multiple Descriptors: An Unsupervised Approach for Locally Adaptive Descriptor Selection},
     year = {2015},
     volume = {24},
     number = {12},
     pages = {5995-6010},
}
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