Rotation invariant texture classification using LBP variance (LBPV) with global matching

Zhenhua Guo, Lei Zhang, Dapeng Zhang

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

747 Citations (Scopus)


Local or global rotation invariant feature extraction has been widely used in texture classification. Local invariant features, e.g. local binary pattern (LBP), have the drawback of losing global spatial information, while global features preserve little local texture information. This paper proposes an alternative hybrid scheme, globally rotation invariant matching with locally variant LBP texture features. Using LBP distribution, we first estimate the principal orientations of the texture image and then use them to align LBP histograms. The aligned histograms are then in turn used to measure the dissimilarity between images. A new texture descriptor, LBP variance (LBPV), is proposed to characterize the local contrast information into the one-dimensional LBP histogram. LBPV does not need any quantization and it is totally training-free. To further speed up the proposed matching scheme, we propose a method to reduce feature dimensions using distance measurement. The experimental results on representative databases show that the proposed LBPV operator and global matching scheme can achieve significant improvement, sometimes more than 10% in terms of classification accuracy, over traditional locally rotation invariant LBP method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-719
Number of pages14
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Global matching
  • Local binary pattern
  • Rotation invariant
  • Texture classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'Rotation invariant texture classification using LBP variance (LBPV) with global matching'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this