So, in order to describe an image we need a matrix $k \times d$ ($k$ descriptor vectors, each one in $d$ dimensions). So far so good.
My question is: how can we describe an image through a single vector?
This could be really useful since we could save a lot of space and because certain algorithms (like LSH) requires a vector as input/query.
In some papers (for example this, section 6.5) this approach is described as "global descriptors".
Up to know, I found only this paper but it doesn't seem so accurate (and it's from 2009, not so new).
I'm trying to implement a memoization optimization to the following application: given an image (taken with a smartphone) containing a movie poster, return the internet movie database's score of that movie.
The optimization (so what I'm trying to implement) is about "remembering" (memoize) the input image and the relative result (IMD score) and for each new input image, search "the most similar one" and return the already computed result (avoid the database query) if a certain threshold is reached.
Two "similar images" in this context are two images pictures containing the same poster but from different prospective and/or places.
The actual approach is solving an approximate nearest neighbor through LSH in order to find the most similar image, but in order to do that I need to represent a query (an image) through a vector, and not through a matrix.