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March 03, 2005

Gettin’ the Picture, AJ Style

Image Search has been getting some renewed attention in search lately.  (Ours is called Picture Search…we’re all about laymen’s terms here, man.) You may have read some of the recent press about other sites increasing the size of their image search indexes.  While we do think that a comprehensive index is important, the primary focus of our recent development has been on relevance.  This week we rolled out the results.

Until this week, we relied exclusively on the relevance algorithms provided by our partner Picsearch, which provides the roughly 500 million-image index for Ask Jeeves.  Now we’ve added some of our own search flavor to the mix.  Picture/Image Search is what computer science types like to call a "hard problem."  With pictures, as compared to web pages, there's a lot less textual information to go on when it comes to matching the best images to a user's query. So we spent a lot of time in our labs working on some new algorithms for delivering substantially better picture results than before. 

  See Image Source

Before: Result for White House

  See Image Source

After: Result for White House


Try a few of these and let us know what you think about the results:

Before: sunset, white house, lion, happy babies

After: sunset, white house, lion, happy babies


Jim Rainey, Product Manager

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Comments

Liked the before-after pictures of the sunset. But it puzzles me...How did this change come-about? What change in the search technology did u use? And why in the world did the before pictures for 'happy babies' show mostly snakes...yikes!

Posted by: wtf | Mar 3, 2005 11:44:38 PM

Jeeves has changed its picture search, although to what extent they don't make immediately clear. Either way, image relevance is way up, and that's what really matters

dan
http://www.marketingtops.com

Posted by: dan | Mar 6, 2005 2:57:02 AM

I Love You Jeeves, Dream about you nightly.
Always thinking of my jeeves...

Posted by: Gregory | Mar 6, 2005 5:53:36 AM

That's excelent! Congratulations.

Posted by: Andres Robalino | Mar 6, 2005 7:56:39 PM

Even Elvis is looking better! Really like the sharp display. Would love to be able to group by image size (small, medium, large). Great work. Thanks.

Posted by: Search Gal | Mar 6, 2005 11:03:08 PM

Wow! I must say I'm impressed. Much more relevant! Goodbye Google Images!

Posted by: Ryan | Mar 7, 2005 10:06:07 PM

We do not like the new look of Jeeves, he is to impersonal. Come on guys can't we keep the real guy???

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