Texture classification via patch-based sparse texton learning

Jin Xie, Lei Zhang, Jia You, Dapeng Zhang

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Texture classification is a classical yet still active topic in computer vision and pattern recognition. Recently, several new texture classification approaches by modeling texture images as distributions over a set of textons have been proposed. These textons are learned as the cluster centers in the image patch feature space using the K-means clustering algorithm. However, the Euclidian distance based the K-means clustering process may not be able to well characterize the intrinsic feature space of texture textons, which if often embedded into a low dimensional manifold. Inspired by the great success of l1-norm minimization based sparse representation (SR), in this paper we propose a novel texture classification method via patch-based sparse texton learning. Specifically, the dictionary of textons is learned by applying SR to image patches in the training dataset. The SR coefficients of the test images over the dictionary are used to construct the histograms for texture classification. Experimental results on benchmark database validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2010 - Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event2010 17th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2010 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Sept 201029 Sept 2010


Conference2010 17th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • K-means
  • Sparse representation
  • Texton
  • Texture classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing


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