Machine learning based analysis of Finnish World War II photographers

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K. Chumachenko, A. Männistö, A. Iosifidis and J. Raitoharju, "Machine Learning Based Analysis of Finnish World War II Photographers," in IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 144184-144196, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3014458

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Title: Machine learning based analysis of Finnish World War II photographers
Author: Chumachenko, Kateryna; Männistö, Anssi; Iosifidis, Alexandros; Raitoharju, Jenni
Publisher: IEEE
Date: 2020
Language: en
Belongs to series: IEEE Access 8 (2020)
ISSN: 2169-3536
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3014458
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335732
Abstract: In this paper, we demonstrate the benefits of using state-of-the-art machine learning methods in the analysis of historical photo archives. Specifically, we analyze prominent Finnish World War II photographers, who have captured high numbers of photographs in the publicly available Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive, which contains 160,000 photographs from Finnish Winter, Continuation, and Lapland Wars captures in 1939-1945. We were able to find some special characteristics for different photographers in terms of their typical photo content and framing (e.g., close-ups vs. overall shots, number of people). Furthermore, we managed to train a neural network that can successfully recognize the photographer from some of the photos, which shows that such photos are indeed characteristic for certain photographers. We further analyzed the similarities and differences between the photographers using the features extracted from the photographer classifier network. We make our annotations and analysis pipeline publicly available, in an effort to introduce this new research problem to the machine learning and computer vision communities and facilitate future research in historical and societal studies over the photo archives.
Subject: machine learning
task analysis
machine learning algorithms
feature extraction
pipelines
object detection
training
analysis
World War II
Finland
Finnish
photos
photographs
photographers
photo type
photo content
recocginition
similarities
differences
framing
machine learning methods
neural network
computer vision
classifier network
photographer classifier network
historical photo archives
Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive
Winter War
Continuation War
Lapland War
1939-1945
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
518 Media and communications
615 History and archaeology
Computing Sciences
Communication Sciences
Subject (ysa): koneoppiminen
tehtävän analysointi
koneoppimisen algoritmit
kohteiden löytäminen
harjoittelu
analyysi
toinen maailmansota
Suomi
suomalaiset
kuvat
valokuvat
valokuvaajat
kuvan tyyppi
kuvan sisältö
tunnistus
tunnistaminen
samankaltaisuudet
eroavaisuudet
sommittelu
koneoppimismenetelmät
konenäkö
luokitin
luokitusverkosto
historialliset kuva-arkistot
historialliset valokuva-arkistot
kuva-arkistot
valokuva-arkistot
arkistot
SA-kuva-arkisto
talvisota
jatkosota
Lapin sota


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