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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cydral Finds Similar Images

Gary Price pointed me to French Cydral, an image search engine with a special feature: it lets you discover similar images for result images. This means that you can look up something, say [Van Gogh Flowers], and then go from there and find occurrences of this image which mention neither Van Gogh nor Flowers.

Well, that’s the theory. In practice, especially when compared to Google Images, I found their result set is meager. For the particular test phrase [Van Gogh flowers], Google Images finds 772 results, while Cydral just returns 6. So if their image database would be much bigger, I suspect their “Similar image” feature would be much more interesting too.

On a side-note, the Cydral homepage is just one click away from the Cydral ImageExplore 1.3 software package, which “scans and analyses drives and local Internet cache for adult images.” According to Cydral, this is an “Anti-Pornware” which “displays objectional images in list or thumbnail view for easy review of possible pornographic pictures.” Honi soit qui mal y pense...


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