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ID: 461823.0, MPI für biologische Kybernetik / Biologische Kybernetik
Image statistics for clustering paintings according to their visual appearance
Authors:Spehr, M.; Wallraven, C.; Fleming, R.W.
Editors:Deussen, O.; Fellner, D. W.; Dodgson, N. A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2009-05
Title of Proceedings:Computational Aesthetics 2009 : Eurographics Workshop on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging
Start Page:1
End Page:8
Physical Description:8
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Untrained observers readily cluster paintings from different art periods into distinct groups according to their
overall visual appearance or look [WCF08]. These clusters are typically influenced by both the content of
the paintings (e.g. portrait, landscape, still-life, etc.), and stylistic considerations (e.g. the appearance
of Gothic paintings, or the distinctive use of colour in Fauve works). Here we aim to identify a set of image
measurements that can capture this naïve visual impression of art, and use these features to automatically
cluster a database of images of paintings into appearance-based groups, much like an untrained observer. We
combine a wide range of features from simple colour statistics, through mid-level spatial features to high-level
properties, such as the output of face-detection algorithms, which are intended to correlate with semantic content.
Together these features yield clusters of images that look similar to one another despite differences in historical
period and content. In addition, we tested the performance of the feature library in several classification tasks
yielding good results. Our work could be applied as a curatorial or research aid, and also provides insight into
the image attributes that untrained subjects may attend to when judging works of art.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Conference-Paper
Communicated by:Holger Fischer
Affiliations:MPI für biologische Kybernetik/Psychophysics (Dept. Bülthoff)
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