Iconic Images

Summarizing Large Scale Internet Photo Collections

Computing Iconic Summaries of General Visual Concepts
Rahul Raguram and Svetlana Lazebnik.
Workshop on Internet Vision, Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2008.
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In this work, we consider the problem of selecting iconic images to summarize general visual categories. We define iconic images as high-quality representatives of a large group of images consistent both in appearance and semantics. To find such groups, we perform joint clustering in the space of global image descriptors and latent topic vectors of tags associated with the images. To select the representative iconic images for the joint clusters, we use a quality ranking learned from a large collection of labeled images. Results on four large-scale datasets demonstrate the ability of our approach to discover plausible themes and recurring visual motifs for challenging abstract concepts such as “love” and “beauty”.