In this paper, algorithms for automatic albuming of consumer photographs are described. Specifically, two core algorithms namely event clustering and screening of low-quality images, are introduced and their performance is evaluated. Event clustering and image quality screening have many applications including albuming services, image management and organization, and digital photofinishing. These are difficult tasks because there is, in general, none (or very limited) contextual information about picture content, and the final interpretation could be subjective. A novel event-clustering algorithm is created to automatically segment pictures into events and subevents for albuming, based on date/time metadata information, as well as color content of the pictures. A block-based color histogram correlation technique is developed for image content comparison of general consumer pictures. A new quality-screening algorithm is developed based on object quality measures, to detect problematic images caused by underexposure, low contrast, and camera defocus or movement.

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"Automated event clustering and quality screening of consumer pictures for digital albuming," IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Held September 2003. ©2003 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. The authors would like to thank E. Pavie for his role in the development and implementation of the event-clustering algorithm.ISSN:1520-9210 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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