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SECANTO: a retrieval system and classification tool for simple artefacts

Mom, Vincent ; Paijmans, Hans

In: Posluschny, A. ; Lambers, K. ; Herzog, I. (Hrsgg.): Layers of Perception. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, 1.-6. April 2007. Koll. Vor- u. Frühgesch. 10. Bonn 2008 171 (Abstract)

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Secanto is a computer program that compares the shapes of artefacts like vessels, arrow points and axes by calculating dissimilarities. This comparison of objects leads into two interesting application areas: retrieval systems to obtain look-alikes of a specific object, and typologies of objects. However, just like human beings, automated classification systems are not perfect, but the type of mistakes they make are quite different, which may be one of the reasons that automatic classification systems are not so popular among archaeologists.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 17:23
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Alte Geschichte, Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Archäologie
Subject (Propylaeum): Classical Archaeology
Prehistoric Archaeology
Controlled Keywords: Archäologie, Informatik, Computerunterstütztes Verfahren, Computervisualistik, Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Naturwissenschaften
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499