A discriminative learning technique for mobile landmark recognition

Tao Chen, Kim Hui Yap, Lap Pui Chau

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This paper proposes a discriminative learning bags-of-words (BoW) approach for mobile landmark recognition at patch and image levels. Conventional methods often treat the local patches and images equally important for recognition and do not differentiate their different importance. Although there exist several works that consider the patches' discrimination information, they mainly focus on which patches are to be retained for training and do not incorporate this information when generating the BoW histograms. In view of this, this paper proposes to learn the discriminative information for each landmark category at two levels: local patches and images. At patch level, the patches' discrimination information for each landmark is first discovered using an iterative learning approach. This information is then incorporated into the quantization process to generate the BoW histogram. At image level, the different importance of training images is estimated through a non-parametric density estimator. Finally, fuzzy SVM is used to train the classifier for each category. Experimental results on a landmark database consisting of 3622 training images and 534 testing images show that the proposed method is effective in mobile landmark recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIP 2011
Subtitle of host publication2011 18th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 18th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2011 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 11 Sept 201114 Sept 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880


Conference2011 18th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2011


  • Bag-of-Words
  • Mobile landmark recognition
  • patch discrimination learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing


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