Moment-based local binary patterns: A novel descriptor for invariant pattern recognition applications

G. A. Papakostas, D. E. Koulouriotis, E. G. Karakasis, V. D. Tourassis

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A novel descriptor able to improve the classification capabilities of a typical pattern recognition system is proposed in this paper. The introduced descriptor is derived by incorporating two efficient region descriptors, namely image moments and local binary patterns (LBP), commonly used in pattern recognition applications, in the last decades. The main idea behind this novel feature extraction methodology is the need of improved recognition capabilities, a goal achieved by the combinative use of these descriptors. This collaboration aims to make use of the major advantages each one presents, by simultaneously complementing each other, in order to elevate their weak points. In this way, the useful properties of the moments and moment invariants regarding their robustness to the noise presence, their global information coding mechanism and their invariant behaviour under scaling, translation and rotation conditions, along with the local nature of the LBP, are combined in a single concrete methodology. As a result a novel descriptor invariant to common geometric transformations of the described object, capable to encode its local characteristics, is formed and its classification capabilities are investigated through massive experimental scenarios. The experiments have shown the superiority of the introduced descriptor over the moment invariants, the LBP operator and other well-known from the literature descriptors such as HOG, HOG-LBP and LBP-HF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-371
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Computer-robotic vision
  • Feature extraction
  • Image moments
  • Local binary patterns
  • Moment invariants
  • Momentgram
  • Pattern recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence

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