Efficient Clustering and Matching for Object Class Recognition

Bastian Leibe, Krystian Mikolajczyk, Bernt Schiele
British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC'06)

In this paper we address the problem of building object class representations based on local features and fast matching in a large database. We propose an efficient algorithm for hierarchical agglomerative clustering. We examine different agglomerative and partitional clustering strategies and compare the quality of obtained clusters. Our combination of partitional-agglomerative clustering gives significant improvement in terms of efficiency while main- taining the same quality of clusters. We also propose a method for building data structures for fast matching in high dimensional feature spaces. These improvements allow to deal with large sets of training data typically used in recognition of multiple object classes.

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