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Method and System for Searching Images based on Non-Visual Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238255D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for searching images based on non-visual information.

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Method and System for Searching Images based on Non -Visual Information

Generally, there are a lot of details relevant to an image that is not stored with an image. When there are missing details about the image, the missing details cannot be used as part of an image search. In social networking sites, there are different advanced search options available and the advanced search is possible from store information or metadata. During the search of an image in social networking sites, a user can apply multiple filters and accordingly search results are displayed. However, the existing image search option in social networking sites does not provide an option of searching an image with specific requirements. A specific requirement can be non-visual information or features. For example, the user might want to search for images posted by the user with conditions. The conditions can be one or more, but not limited to, when two friends of the user were within 50 meters distance from the point of photography, where at least 100 people were within 50 meter radius of the point of photography and images when user was in Germany when Friend A was in Switzerland and Friend B was in France.

Disclosed is a method and system for searching images based on non-visual information. The method and system enables a user to search images posted on social networking sites using non-visual information. The non-visual information is search criteria to find appropriate image search results. The non-visual information is not the information that is captured with the image or stored metadata for the image. While searching images in a social networking site, the user can provide one or more non-visual search criteria to find appropriate image search results. Once the user submits an image search query with one or more non-visual search criteria, a search engine segregates the entire search query with smaller part of individual search query. For example, if the user's search query is to search for images posted by the user from Germany when "Friend A" was in Switzerland and "Friend B" was in France", then the search engine segregates the search query with "images posted by the user from Germany" as a main search query. "Friend A" is in Swit...