This letter presents a two-stage statistical approach for "exploring and explaining" a pictorial database, for content-based image retrieval systems. First, we describe how correspondence analysis provides image classes, as well as facilitates the understanding of the role of image primitives and attributes used to index pictures. Such understanding allows an intelligent choice of features, and thus computational savings, to be made. Second, ascendent hierarchical classification permits the structuring of the database, in order to ease picture indexing and retrieval.
- Ascendant hierarchical classification
- Content-based image retrieval systems
- Correspondence analysis
- Exploratory statistics
- Image databases