Most recent category-level object recognition systems work with visual words,
vector quantized local descriptors. These visual vocabularies are usually constructed by using a single method such as
-means for clustering the descriptor vectors of patches sampled either densely or sparsely from a set of training images. Instead, in this paper we propose a novel methodology for building efficient codebooks for visual recognition using clustering aggregation techniques: the Visual Word Aggregation (VWA). Our aim is threefold: to increase the stability of the visual vocabulary construction process; to increase the image classification rate; and also to automatically determine the size of the visual codebook. Results on image classification are presented on the testbed PASCAL VOC Challenge 2007.