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Mandis Beigi, Ana B. Benitez, Shih-Fu Chang. MetaSEEk: A Content-Based Meta-Search Engine for Images. In SPIE Conference on Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases VI (IST/SPIE-1998), Volume 3312, San Jose, CA, January 1998.

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Search engines are the most powerful resources for finding information on the rapidly expanding World Wide Web (WWW). Finding the desired search engines and learning how to use them, however, can be very time consuming. The integration of such search tools enables the users to access information across the world in a transparent and efficient manner. These systems are called meta-search engines. The recent emergence of visual information retrieval (VIR) search engines on the web is leading to the same efficiency problem. This paper describes and evaluates MetaSEEk, a content-based meta-search engine used for finding images on the Web based on their visual information. MetaSEEk is designed to intelligently select and interface with multiple on-line image search engines by ranking their performance for different classes of user queries. User feedback is also integrated in the ranking refinement. We compare MetaSEEk with a base line version of meta-search engine, which does not use the past performance of the different search engines in recommending target search engines for future queries


Ana_B. Benitez
Shih-Fu Chang

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   Author = {Beigi, Mandis and Benitez, Ana    B. and Chang, Shih-Fu},
   Title = {MetaSEEk: A Content-Based       Meta-Search Engine for Images},
   BookTitle = {SPIE Conference on          Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases VI             (IST/SPIE-1998)},
   Volume = {3312},
   Address = {San Jose, CA},
   Month = {January},
   Year = {1998}

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