A generic framework for median graph computation based on a recursive embedding approach

Journal Article (2011)


Computer Vision and Image Understanding







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The median graph has been shown to be a good choice to obtain a representative of a set of graphs. However, its computation is a complex problem. Recently, graph embedding into vector spaces has been proposed to obtain approximations of the median graph. The problem with such an approach is how to go from a point in the vector space back to a graph in the graph space. The main contribution of this paper is the generalization of this previous method, proposing a generic recursive procedure that permits to recover the graph corresponding to a point in the vector space, introducing only the amount of approximation inherent to the use of graph matching algorithms. In order to evaluate the proposed method, we compare it with the set median and with the other state-of-the-art embedding-based methods for the median graph computation. The experiments are carried out using four different databases (one semi- artificial and three containing real-world data). Results show that with the proposed approach we can obtain better medians, in terms of the sum of distances to the training graphs, than with the previous existing methods.


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median graph, graph embedding, graph matching, structural pattern recognition

Scientific reference

M. Ferrer, D. Karatzas, E. Valveny, I. Bardaji and H. Bunke. A generic framework for median graph computation based on a recursive embedding approach. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 115(7): 919-928, 2011.