A Framework for Encoding Object-level Image Priors

Larry Zitnick

MSR-TR-2011-99 |

Although context is a key component to the success of building an object recognition system, it is difficult to scale and integrate existing formulations of contextual rules to take into account multiple-sources of information. In this paper, we propose a generic, object-level image prior to represent rich, complicated contextual relationships. A maximum entropy distribution is learned to model the possible layouts of objects and scenes by placing constraints on the prior distribution. We demonstrate that this new object-level image prior not only scales well to include arbitrary high-order object relationships, but also seamlessly integrates multiple-sources of image information such as scene categorization, scene parsing and object detection. The result is a more comprehensive understanding of the image.