Transform-invariant Image Decomposition with Similarity Templates

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Chris Stauffer, Erik Miller, Kinh Tieu


Recent work has shown impressive transform-invariant modeling and clustering for sets of images of objects with similar appearance. We seek to expand these capabilities to sets of images of an object class that show considerable variation across individual instances (e.g. pedestrian images) using a representation based on pixel-wise similarities, similarity templates. Because of its invariance to the colors of particular components of an object, this representation en- ables detection of instances of an object class and enables alignment of those instances. Further, this model implicitly represents the re- gions of color regularity in the class-speci(cid:12)c image set enabling a decomposition of that object class into component regions.