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Scientists develop program that matches doodles with photographs

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Joe Richards
May 18, 2016 03:30
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As FindFace has shown, image recognition has made incredible strides over the past few years.

Neural networks are brain-like computer systems designed to pick out and create patterns based on inputs.

These less-than-accurate representations, be it on purpose or due to lack of drawing skills, often leads to dramatized proportions and missing elements that might not prevent humans from recognizing the image, but causes problems for computers.

Using more than 600 individuals, scientists displayed a random image for only two seconds and asked the participant to sketch the pictured object from memory.

In the initial testing phase, the program was able to match the doodles up to their original image 37 percent of the time.

From a more commercial standpoint, one of the most useful features of this technology would be to help police identify criminals by comparing sketch artists renderings to mugshot databases.

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