Google recently added some new features to it’s Image Search, which makes searching for images a lot simpler. And when I say a lot simpler, trust me, the next time you want to find a particular image on a certain topic this new feature will help you a lot.
So what is this new feature that I’m talking about? Well, Google Image search now gets a new sorting feature known as ‘Sort by Subject’. You know when you normally search for something on Google, the usual sorting criteria is by Relevance and you get all the images jumbled up on the same page. It’s difficult to find something specific unless you use the exact terms to search for what you’re looking for, even then the images are all in a huge clutter.
Here’s where the new sorting algorithm comes in handy, and sorts what you searched for in a more clean and easy to look way. For example, I searched for the terms ‘1967 Mustang Fastback’ and ended up with about 10 pages of images that are in no way sorted out for my needs. I wanted some wallpapers, now I could’ve added the term wallpaper to my search but then what would be the point of this new feature. In the images below you’ll understand what Sort by Subject is all about.
This is how sort by relevance looks like, the normal way image results show up when you search on a topic. You’re all familiar with this, but you can now notice a new Sort by Subject criteria right below sort by relevance. Now this is what happens when you click on it.
Sort by Subject sorts the images that you searched for in a more stacked manner, meaning you can find what you’re looking for in a single page grouped under different subjects such as you can see the above picture. Now you can click on these topics to get more related results which would make my search for 1967 mustang fastback wallpapers really easy. This Sort by Subject feature can also be used to search for things that you’re not sure of, for example if you want to know the name of a certain monument in a country, but don’t know how to. You can use this feature and it will show you a separate category titled ‘Country Monuments’ or the Monument that you’re looking for and thus help you find what you’re looking for. Watch the video after the break to understand it better.
Sorting by subject uses algorithms that identify relationships among images found on the web and presents those images in visual groups, expanding on the technology developed for Google Similar Images and Google Image Swirl. By looking at multiple sources of similarities, such as pixel values and semantic relationships, and by mining massive amounts of data, we can make meaningful connections and groupings among images.
That’s all there is to the new Sort by Subject feature in Google Image Search. Tell us what you think of it and how useful it will be for you.
[ Google Blog ]
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