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80 Million Tiny Images

In Thesis Research, Wow on July 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Visual Dictionary

Teaching computers to recognize objects

A visualization of all the nouns in the English language arranged by semantic meaning!

Each of the tiles in the mosaic is an arithmetic average of images relating to one of 53,464 nouns. The images for each word were obtained using Google’s Image Search and other engines. A total of 7,527,697 images were used, each tile being the average of 140 images. The average reveals the dominant visual characteristics of each word. For some, the average turns out to be a recognizable image; for others the average is a colored blob. The list of nouns was obtained from Wordnet, a database compiled by lexicographers which records the semantic relationship between words. Using this database, we extract a tree-structured semantic hierarchy which we use to arrange tiles within the poster. We tessellate the poster using the hierarchy so that the proximity of two tiles is given by their semantic distance. Thus the poster explores the relationship between visual and semantic similarity. For a large part of our language the two are closely correlated as shown by the extent of visual clustering within the poster. The large-scale groupings correspond to broad categories such as plants or people. Within the plant cluster, for example, tighter semantic groupings are visible such as flowers or trees. In turn each of these clusters contains further groupings all the way down to individual, highly specific nouns. The averaging within each tile removes the variation between images of a given word, enhancing the similarly between neighbors. By clicking on top of the map, you will see the word corresponding to that location, the average image and the first 12 images returned by the image search online tools.

80 Million Tiny Images


In Wow on July 24, 2010 at 12:45 am
The first printing of Leaves of Grass (and none of the subsequent printings) had a preface with the following quote:

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

something to aspire to

In Wow on July 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

For those interested in the subjects of Integrative Thinking, Organizational Transformation, Reinvention of Design, Constructing Inclusion, Thinking Diversity, Design 3.0, 4.0, Visual SenseMaking, Strategic CoCreation, Design Thinking, Innovation Harmonics:

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Humantific has published the Design Thinking Made Visible Project as part of there virtual book series. It provides a glimpse into Humantific’s ongoing Integrative Thinking Research Initiative underway for ten years and models how design thinking has already been reinvented to better serve as enabler of organizational and societal transformation.  This research project was designed as a collective sensemaking exercise that could be undertaken in undergraduate or graduate schools by professors and students without any special design thinking or innovation process mastery training provided.

To inquire about participating in Humantific’s Thinking Made Visible Research send an email to thinkingresearch (at) humantific (dot) com.

Paul Insect Is OSSIM

In Wow on July 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

And here is the proof …

Paul Insect is OSSIM!