The Face of Search

Sunday, May 18th, 2008 07:39 pm
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Google advanced image search has an option to search just for faces. This means they have a program to inspect an image file and guess if it contains a face. This is something that humans are really good at, but computers take a lot of teaching to get right and Google seems to do a pretty good job.

Straightforward uses of this include searching for a country name to see natives and visitors, checking out the hair styles of "software engineers," searching for "bush" and seeing what portion are satirical versus serious, and turning "safe search" off and finding people sucking on your search terms (like "big"). But amusement can also be found by searching for terms which (without the "faces" option) are less likely to contain faces. Sometimes the results include nonhuman images which nevertheless have a similar structure to a face. Sometimes they include a statue or drawing. And sometimes the results have really awesome human faces. Try it yourself!

Orange Butterfly
897 x 987 - 172k - jpg
Oops! by JAM
500 x 619 - 52k - jpg
December 01, 2007 in WTF?
479 x 400 - 26k - jpg
... Click map for Marysville
700 x 600 - 39k - jpg
Pie vs. Cake -
516 x 511 - 41k - jpg
Trevor is a lively young Spaniel mix ...
1632 x 1224 - 848k - jpg

Edit: A search for "geek" brings up several copies of this one:

Date: 2008-05-19 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Miss Piggy oops is great!

For another experiment, [ profile] phoenixredux and I just tried a search for "blowjob" (something that generally includes face) with and without the face option, and the pics with the face option did show more face (closer-up shots, generally). Interesting tool.

Date: 2008-05-19 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That fish sorta looks like Dick Cheney.

Also, I love that tattoo.
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