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The TREC-2002 Video Track Report



Alan Smeaton, Paul D. Over


TREC-2002 saw the second running of the Video Track, the goal of which was to promote progress in content-based retrieval from digital video via open, metrics-based evaluation. The track used 73.3 hours of publicly available digital video (in MPEG-1/VCD format) downloaded by the participants directly from the Internet Archive (Prelinger Archives) and some from the Open Video Project. The material comprised advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films produced between the 1930's and the 1970's by corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, educational institutions, and individuals. 17 teams representing 5 companies and 12 universities --- 4 from Asia, 9 from Europe, and 4 from the US --- participated in one or more of three tasks in the 2001 video track: shot boundary determination, feature extraction, and search (manual or interactive). Results were scored by NIST using manually created truth data for shot boundary determination and manual assessment of feature extraction and search results. This paper is an introduction to, and an overview of, the track framework --- the tasks, data, and measures --- the approaches taken by the participating groups, the results, and issues regarding the evaluation. For detailed information about the approaches and results, the reader should see the various site reports in the final workshop proceedings.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) - NIST
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digital video, evaluation, feature extraction, information retrieval, search, shot boundaries


Smeaton, A. and Over, P. (2003), The TREC-2002 Video Track Report, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created March 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021