Bayesian network model selection techniques may be used to learn and elucidate conditional relationships between features in pattern recognition tasks. The learned Bayesian network may then be used to infer unknown node-states, which may correspond to semantic tasks. One such application of this framework is scene categorization. In this paper, we employ low-level classification based on color and texture, semantic features, such as sky and grass detection, along with indoor vs. outdoor ground truth information, to create a feature set for Bayesian network structure learning. Indoor vs. outdoor inference may then be performed on a set of features derived from a testing set where node states are unknown. Experimental results show that this technique provides classification rates of 97% correct, which is a significant improvement over previous work, where a Bayesian network was constructed based on expert opinion.

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"Bayesian network structure learning and inference in indoor vs. outdoor image classification," Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, vol. 2. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Held in Cambridge, United Kingdom: August 2004. ©2004 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. ISSN:1051-4651 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


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