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Signature files provide an efficient access method for text in documents, but retrieval is usually limited to finding documents that contain a specified Boolean pattern of words. Effective retrieval requires that documents with similar meanings be found through a process of plausible inference. The simplest way of implementing this retrieval process is to(More)
We propose a new approach to perform approximate similarity search in metric spaces. The idea at the basis of this technique is that when two objects are very close one to each other they 'see' the world around them in the same way. Accordingly, we can use a measure of dissimilarity between the view of the world, from the perspective of the two objects, in(More)
Motivated by the urgent need to improve the efficiency of similarity queries, approximate similarity retrieval is investigated in the environment of a metric tree index called the M-tree. Three different approximation techniques are proposed, which show how to forsake query precision for improved performance. Measures are defined that can quantify the(More)
In order to speedup retrieval in large collections of data, index structures partition the data into subsets so that query requests can be evaluated without examining the entire collection. As the complexity of modern data types grows, metric spaces have become a popular paradigm for similarity retrieval. We propose a new index structure, called D-Index,(More)
This paper presents a data model tailored for multimedia data representation, along with the main characteristics of a Multimedia Query Language that exploits the features of the proposed model. The model addresses data presentation, manipulation and content-based retrieval. It consists of three parts: a Multimedia Description Model, which provides a(More)
The digital library field is recently broadening its scope of applicability and it is also continuously adapting to the frequent changes occurring in the internet society. Accordingly, digital libraries are slightly moving from a controlled environment accessible only to professionals and domain-experts, to environments accessible to casual users that want(More)
This paper describes the MILOS Multimedia Content Management System: a general purpose software component tailored to support design and effective implementation of digital library applications. MILOS supports the storage and content based retrieval of any multime-dia documents whose descriptions are provided by using arbitrary meta-data models represented(More)