For photographers
For researchers
For developers
Image gallery

April 29, 2008

Google’s new image search

Filed under: Image search, computer vision/machine vision/AI, reviews, news — Peter @ 7:34 pm

A paper appeared recently on how to improve Google search. It has received a lot of media coverage including NY Times and TechCrunch. Since this is a topic that interests me a lot, I decided to write a few words.

The most important thing to understand here is that the paper isn’t about improving image search in general (especially visual image search and CBIR, see here). It is specifically about Google image search (and indirectly other search engines, MSN, Yahoo, etc). The goal is to improve it (because it sucks). It is currently based on surrounding text and as a result you get a lot of irrelevant images. Essentially, they add to this approach some image analysis. What kind? Not the best kind – “descriptors”. So there will be no analysis of the content of the image (see Fields related to computer vision). Even so, the descriptors will help to evaluate similarity between images - to a certain degree.

To summarize, some similarity measure plus hyperlinks - that will help with improving the search results for sure. Meanwhile, image search, image recognition etc remain unsolved.

One Response to “Google’s new image search”

  1. Computer Vision for Dummies » Image search engines keep launching Says:

    […] After Google “launched” its ImageRank - by presenting a paper about it, now there are two more. […]

Leave a Reply

| Home | Site map | Terms & Conditions | Contact us |                       Copyright© Intelligent Perception