Internet Multimedia Search and Mining

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With the explosion of video and image data available on the Internet, desktops and mobile devices, multimedia search has gained immense importance. Moreover, mining semantics and other useful ...
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Visual Query Suggestion for Internet Image Search

Pp. 415-433 (19)

Zheng-Jun Zha, Linjun Yang and Meng Wang


Query suggestion is an effective approach to bridge the Intention Gap between the users’ search intents and queries. Most existing search engines are able to automatically suggest a list of textual query terms based on users’ current query input, which can be called Textual Query Suggestion. This chapter introduces a new query suggestion scheme named Visual Query Suggestion (VQS) which is dedicated to image search. VQS provides a more effective query interface to help users to precisely express their search intents by joint text and image suggestions. When a user submits a textual query, VQS first provides a list of suggestions, each containing a keyword and a collection of representative images in a dropdown menu. Once the user selects one of the suggestions, the corresponding keyword will be added to complement the initial query as the new textual query, while the image collection will be used as the visual query to further represent the search intent. VQS then performs image search based on the new textual query using text search techniques, as well as content-based visual retrieval to refine the search results by using the corresponding images as query examples.


query suggestion, visual query suggestion, keyword suggestion, image suggestion, joint keyword-image suggestion, search intention, intention gap, ambiguous query, image search, textual query suggestion


Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, China.