Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



Computer Science

First Advisor

Stephen Lucci

Second Advisor

Izidor Gertner


k-means; clustering; geometric; verification; Indian-buffet; stochastic; suspicious; hierarchical tree


This paper describes an approach to identify individuals with suspicious objects in a crowd. It is based on a well-known image retrieval problem as applied to mobile visual search. In many cases, the process of building a hierarchical tree uses k-means clustering followed by geometric verification. However, the number of clusters is not known in advance, and sometimes it is randomly generated. This may lead to a congested clustering which can cause problems in grouping large real-time data. To overcome this problem we have applied the Indian Buffet stochastic process approach in this paper to the clustering problem. We present examples illustrating our method



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