Chapter 12. Texture Features for Image Retrieval

  1. Vittorio Castelli and
  2. Lawrence D. Bergman
  1. B.S. Manjunath1 and
  2. Wei-Ying Ma2

Published Online: 7 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471224634.ch12

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

How to Cite

Manjunath, B.S. and Ma, W.-Y. (2001) Texture Features for Image Retrieval, in Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery (eds V. Castelli and L. D. Bergman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471224634.ch12

Editor Information

  1. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560

  2. 2

    Microsoft Research China, Beijing, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471321163

Online ISBN: 9780471224631



  • image retrieval;
  • texture features;
  • spatial-domain analysis;
  • autoregressive texture models;
  • random field texture models;
  • spatial frequency domain;
  • transform domain;
  • applications


The authors' main focus in this chapter is on descriptors that are useful for texture representation for similarity search. They begin with an overview of image texture, emphasizing characteristics and properties that are useful for indexing and retrieving images using texture. For convenience, the existing texture descriptors are classified into three categories: features that are computed in the spatial domain (Section 12.3), features that are computed using random field models (Section 12.4), and features that are computed in a transform domain (Section 12.5). Section 12.6 contains a comparison of different texture descriptors in terms of image-retrieval performance. Section 12.7 describes the use of texture features in image segmentation and in constructing a texture thesaurus for browsing and searching an aerial image database. Ongoing work related to texture in the moving picture experts group (MPEG-7) standardization within the international standards organization (ISO) MPEG subcommittee is also described briefly.