Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Computer Program Knows "Good vs Bad" Photographs

Xerox research labs just developed a program that supposedly can spot a "good" or a "bad" photograph. It's called the "Aesthetic Image Search Program," and it is "trying to learn what makes an image special, and makes photo enthusiasts mark it as high quality."

The software has different themes, like beaches, portraits, skies or flowers. The algorithm uses different parameters to evaluate the photos according to that subject matter.

Below is what it came up with in the category of "birds" and "portraits."

Does this software work? What do you think?



The tough part is that the aesthetics are in the eye of the beholder.

While I'd generally agree with the selections in both cases, it only serves to narrow down my choices.

And the giraffe, sea lion and Japanese dancer in the middle of the "birds" category show that it has a way to go.

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