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You Call The Shots: Auto Editing Your Home Movies (07 Jul 2004)
The researchers developed a way to analyze the content of the photos, and sort them by similar images. While this is still a technology in progress, it can distinguish between indoor and outdoor shots, shots with people in them and those without, and city and non-city scenes. That's because there are shapes and patterns to these types of shots that can be programmed using machine learning algorithms.

Other types of sorting tasks are more troublesome. If you want to find all the pictures of flamingoes on your hard drive, the program might show you pictures with colors similar to a flamingo in them, in addition to other flamingo pictures. That's because machines can be programmed to recognize common shapes and patterns - such as mountains, people, and buildings, but items as unusual as flamingoes are challenging.
Article URL: http://research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=591

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