When amazon meets google: Product visualization by exploring multiple web sources

Meng Wang, Guangda Li, Zheng Lu, Yue Gao, Tat Seng Chua

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Product visualization is able to help users easily get knowledge about the visual appearance of a product. It is useful in many application and commercialization scenarios. However, the existing product image search on e-commerce Web sites or general search engines usually get insufficient search results or return images that are redundant and not relevant enough. In this article, we present a novel product visualization approach that automatically collects a set of diverse and relevant product images by exploring multiple Web sources. Our approach simultaneously leverages Amazon and Google image search engines, which represent domain-specific knowledge resource and general Web information collection, respectively. We propose a conditional clustering approach that is formulated as an affinity propagation problem regarding the Amazon examples as information prior. The ranking information of Google image search results is also explored. In this way, a set of exemplars can be found from the Google search results and they are provided together with the Amazon example images for product visualization. Experiments demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2492690
JournalACM Transactions on Internet Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Image search
  • Product visualization
  • Web source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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