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Lets Talk VisualRank

Posted on: April 29, 2008

“VisualRank” is nothing but an algorithm an algorithm for blending image-recognition software methods with techniques for weighting and ranking images that look most similar.

VisualRank differs from existent image search – the most popular tool for searching images. Although image search has become popular, results are usually generated today by using cues from the text associated with each image. On Thursday at the International World Wide Web Conference in Beijing, two Google scientists presented a paper describing VisualRank claiming that now they have a software technology intended to do for digital images on the Web what the company’s original PageRank software did for searches of Web pages.

Historically, Google is not the first into the visual product search category. Riya, a Silicon Valley start-up, introduced Like.com in 2006. The service, which refers users to shopping sites, makes it possible for a Web shopper to select a particular visual attribute, such as a certain style of brown shoes or a buckle, and then be presented with similar products available from other Web merchants.

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Riya and like.com had become first true visual search engines, where the content of photos are used to search and reterive similar items. Riya was founded in August 2004 and has assembled one of the largest visual computing research teams in the world and it has raised $19.5 million from venture and private equity investors, including Bay Partners, BlueRun Ventures, and Leapfrog Ventures.

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