Sort Google Images Search Results By Subject, Category

Almost every computer user who has used internet even once is familiar with google search engine. If you’ve ever done an image search on Google, you’ve probably gotten back a page filled with the same or similar images as the top result. If that is what you are looking for, then that’s great. If it’s not, then you have to keep clicking through until you find a decent image, and it can be a real chore.

Google already lets you sort by image size, type (face, photo, clip art, drawing), and colour, which helps, but is still not perfect. Now, Google has introduced a new way to sort photos by subject that will make it lot easier to search as compared to early as it’s better than any of the previous sorting mechanisms. If you search for “dog,” it will sort the pictures by different breeds. If you search for “coffee,” it will sort by pictures of coffee in cups, coffee beans, people drinking coffee, and so on.

All of this is done algorithmically of course. The effect is to finally clean up image search, and help you drill down to exactly the type of photo you are looking for. One sorting filter it is still missing in the left-hand menu, however, is to be able to search only for Creative Commons images. (You can do that with advanced search, but it would be better if it were a sorting option in the main UI). This feature might help you find images related to a specific subject. Another example can be,if you are searching for London and then sorting by subject, it will offer you images of the London Eye, the famous ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames, London’s iconic Big Ben tower, the London Bridge and the city at night. The option should be particularly handy if you’re looking for different varieties of a term and you can’t remember the exact name, like a dog breed.

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The feature may seem simple, but Google hints that it took a lot of work and expertise to make it happen. “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,” says Google’s Donald Tanguay. He says, ” When you’re searching for images, sometimes it can be hard to come up with exactly the right words to describe what you have in mind. To make it easier for you to find images in situations like these, you can now use Google Images with sorting.”

This organized view helps you find the images you were visualizing more quickly, so you might realize, “Ah, that big clock tower is called Big Ben, that’s what I was looking for.” You can then can click on the Big Ben group to find the best image within that subject group. You can also use this feature to explore categories of a general topic that may be easier to learn about visually, like flower varieties or dog breeds. For example, if you want to get flowers for someone but you only know what their favorite kind looks like, not the name of it, you can sort by subject to learn different flower types and discover the name of the type you’re looking for.

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. Sorting will be rolling out globally to nearly every domain and language over the coming days. Whether you have a particular image in mind or you’re just exploring a general topic, sort by subject can help you find the image you need—even if you don’t have the exact words to describe it.

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