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Matching Hierarchical Structures Using Association Graphs
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 1998
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this article, please send email to: tpami@computer.org, and reference IEEECS Log Number 108453
A New GraphTheoretic Approach to Clustering, with Applications to Computer Vision
, 2004
"... This work applies cluster analysis as a unified approach for a wide range of vision applications, thereby combining the research domain of computer vision and that of machine learning. Cluster analysis is the formal study of algorithms and methods for recovering the inherent structure within a given ..."
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This work applies cluster analysis as a unified approach for a wide range of vision applications, thereby combining the research domain of computer vision and that of machine learning. Cluster analysis is the formal study of algorithms and methods for recovering the inherent structure within a given dataset. Many problems of computer vision have precisely this goal, namely to find which visual entities belong to an inherent structure, e.g. in an image or in a database of images. For example, a meaningful structure in the context of image segmentation is a set of pixels which correspond to the same object in a scene. Clustering algorithms can be used to partition the pixels of an image into meaningful parts, which may correspond to different objects. In this work we focus on the problems of image segmentation and image database organization. The visual entities to consider are pixels and images, respectively. Our first contribution in this work is a novel partitional (flat) clustering algorithm. The algorithm uses pairwise representation, where the visual objects (pixels,
Learning Graph Matching
"... As a fundamental problem in pattern recognition, graph matching has found a variety of applications in the field of computer vision. In graph matching, patterns are modeled as graphs and pattern recognition amounts to finding a correspondence between the nodes of different graphs. There are many way ..."
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As a fundamental problem in pattern recognition, graph matching has found a variety of applications in the field of computer vision. In graph matching, patterns are modeled as graphs and pattern recognition amounts to finding a correspondence between the nodes of different graphs. There are many ways in which the problem has been formulated, but most can be cast in general as a quadratic assignment problem, where a linear term in the objective function encodes node compatibility functions and a quadratic term encodes edge compatibility functions. The main research focus in this theme is about designing efficient algorithms for solving approximately the quadratic assignment problem, since it is NPhard. In this paper, we turn our attention to the complementary problem: how to estimate compatibility functions such that the solution of the resulting graph matching problem best matches the expected solution that a human would manually provide. We present a method for learning graph matching: the training examples are pairs of graphs and the “labels” are matchings between pairs of graphs. We present experimental results with real image data which give evidence that learning can improve the performance of standard graph matching algorithms. In particular, it turns out that linear assignment with such a learning scheme may improve over stateoftheart quadratic assignment relaxations. This finding suggests that for a range of problems where quadratic assignment was thought to be essential for securing good results, linear assignment, which is far more efficient, could be just sufficient if learning is performed. This enables speedups of graph matching by up to 4 orders of magnitude while retaining stateoftheart accuracy. 1.
Graphical models and point pattern matching
 IEEE Trans. PAMI
, 2006
"... Abstract—This paper describes a novel solution to the rigid point pattern matching problem in Euclidean spaces of any dimension. Although we assume rigid motion, jitter is allowed. We present a noniterative, polynomial time algorithm that is guaranteed to find an optimal solution for the noiseless c ..."
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Abstract—This paper describes a novel solution to the rigid point pattern matching problem in Euclidean spaces of any dimension. Although we assume rigid motion, jitter is allowed. We present a noniterative, polynomial time algorithm that is guaranteed to find an optimal solution for the noiseless case. First, we model point pattern matching as a weighted graph matching problem, where weights correspond to Euclidean distances between nodes. We then formulate graph matching as a problem of finding a maximum probability configuration in a graphical model. By using graph rigidity arguments, we prove that a sparse graphical model yields equivalent results to the fully connected model in the noiseless case. This allows us to obtain an algorithm that runs in polynomial time and is provably optimal for exact matching between noiseless point sets. For inexact matching, we can still apply the same algorithm to find approximately optimal solutions. Experimental results obtained by our approach show improvements in accuracy over current methods, particularly when matching patterns of different sizes. Index Terms—Point pattern matching, graph matching, graphical models, Markov random fields, junction tree algorithm. 1
Robust point matching for nonrigid shapes by preserving local neighborhood structures
 PAMI
, 2006
"... Abstract—In previous work on point matching, a set of points is often treated as an instance of a joint distribution to exploit global relationships in the point set. For nonrigid shapes, however, the local relationship among neighboring points is stronger and more stable than the global one. In thi ..."
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Abstract—In previous work on point matching, a set of points is often treated as an instance of a joint distribution to exploit global relationships in the point set. For nonrigid shapes, however, the local relationship among neighboring points is stronger and more stable than the global one. In this paper, we introduce the notion of a neighborhood structure for the general point matching problem. We formulate point matching as an optimization problem to preserve local neighborhood structures during matching. Our approach has a simple graph matching interpretation, where each point is a node in the graph, and two nodes are connected by an edge if they are neighbors. The optimal match between two graphs is the one that maximizes the number of matched edges. Existing techniques are leveraged to search for an optimal solution with the shape context distance used to initialize the graph matching, followed by relaxation labeling updates for refinement. Extensive experiments show the robustness of our approach under deformation, noise in point locations, outliers, occlusion, and rotation. It outperforms the shape context and TPSRPM algorithms on most scenarios. Index Terms—Point matching, shape matching, image registration, nonrigid shapes, relaxation labeling. 1
Approximating the Maximum Weight Clique Using Replicator Dynamics
, 2000
"... Given an undirected graph with weights on the vertices, the maximum weight clique problem (MWCP) is to find a subset of mutually adjacent vertices (i.e., a clique) having largest total weight. This is a generalization of the classical problem of finding the maximum cardinality clique of an unweig ..."
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Given an undirected graph with weights on the vertices, the maximum weight clique problem (MWCP) is to find a subset of mutually adjacent vertices (i.e., a clique) having largest total weight. This is a generalization of the classical problem of finding the maximum cardinality clique of an unweighted graph, which arises as a special case of the MWCP when all the weights associated to the vertices are equal. The problem is known to be NP hard for arbitrary graphs and, according to recent theoretical results, so is the problem of approximating it within a constant factor. Although there has recently been much interest around neural network algorithms for the unweighted maximum clique problem, no effort has been directed so far towards its weighted counterpart. In this paper, we present a parallel, distributed heuristic for approximating the MWCP based on dynamics principles developed and studied in various branches of mathematical biology. The proposed framework centers aroun...
Unsupervised Category Modeling, Recognition, and Segmentation in Images
 IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2008
"... paper is aimed at simultaneously solving the following related problems: 1) unsupervised identification of photometric, geometric, and topological properties of multiscale regions comprising instances of the 2D category, 2) learning a regionbased structural model of the ..."
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paper is aimed at simultaneously solving the following related problems: 1) unsupervised identification of photometric, geometric, and topological properties of multiscale regions comprising instances of the 2D category, 2) learning a regionbased structural model of the
Matching Free Trees, Maximal Cliques, and Monotone Game Dynamics
 IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell
, 2002
"... Motivated by our recent work on rooted tree matching, in this paper we provide a solution to the problem of matching two free (i.e., unrooted) trees by constructing an association graph whose maximal cliques are in onetoone correspondence with maximal common subtrees. We then solve the problem u ..."
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Motivated by our recent work on rooted tree matching, in this paper we provide a solution to the problem of matching two free (i.e., unrooted) trees by constructing an association graph whose maximal cliques are in onetoone correspondence with maximal common subtrees. We then solve the problem using simple payoffmonotonic dynamics from evolutionary game theory. We illustrate the power of the approach by matching articulated and deformed shapes described by shapeaxis trees. Experiments on hundreds of larger, uniformly random trees are also presented. The results are impressive: despite the inherent inability of these simple dynamics to escape from local optima, they always returned a globally optimal solution.
Protein classification by matching and clustering surface graphs
 Pattern Recognition
, 2006
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RegionBased Hierarchical Image Matching
 INT J COMPUT VIS
, 2007
"... This paper presents an approach to regionbased hierarchical image matching, where, given two images, the goal is to identify the largest part in image 1 and its match in image 2 having the maximum similarity measure defined in terms of geometric and photometric properties of regions (e.g., area, b ..."
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This paper presents an approach to regionbased hierarchical image matching, where, given two images, the goal is to identify the largest part in image 1 and its match in image 2 having the maximum similarity measure defined in terms of geometric and photometric properties of regions (e.g., area, boundary shape, and color), as well as region topology (e.g., recursive embedding of regions). To this end, each image is represented by a tree of recursively embedded regions, obtained by a multiscale segmentation algorithm. This allows us to pose image matching as the tree matching problem. To overcome imaging noise, onetoone, manytoone, and manytomany node correspondences are allowed. The trees are first augmented with new nodes generated by merging adjacent sibling nodes, which produces directed acyclic graphs (DAGs). Then, transitive closures of the DAGs are constructed, and the tree matching problem reformulated as finding a bijection between the two transitive closures on DAGs, while preserving the connectivity and ancestordescendant relationships of the original trees. The proposed approach is validated on real images showing similar objects, captured under different types of noise, including differences in lighting conditions, scales, or viewpoints, amidst limited occlusion and clutter.