Testing a photo for similarity to other photos

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
This is strictly an academic question...

Say that I have a library of (somewhat unique) photos. Perhaps photos of small personal objects (e.g. a blue cup, a book with a particular title, a screen on a computer showing a particular webpage, etc.).

How would I go about taking a sample picture and comparing it to the library, and then find the picture in the library that most closely resembles the source picture?

For example, if I take another picture of that blue mug, even though it is not identical to the first, photo, I'd ideally like to compare it to all the pictures, and decide that my library photo of the blue mug is the most similar.

Can anybody point me at some academic discussions or resources that would discuss how a computer system would go about doing this?

I imagine this is the same concept as the way google does "similar images" searching
Question by:Frosty555
    LVL 37

    Accepted Solution

    LVL 37

    Assisted Solution


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Find Ransomware Secrets With All-Source Analysis

    Ransomware has become a major concern for organizations; its prevalence has grown due to past successes achieved by threat actors. While each ransomware variant is different, we’ve seen some common tactics and trends used among the authors of the malware.

    Suggested Solutions

    Power PDF ( is the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications ( It is available in two editions — …
    This article provides the solution to a question ( posed here at Experts Exchange. The asker of the question has many JPG images in many folders, and all of t…
    This video is the second in a two-part series that discusses PaperPort's "Send To Bar" feature . The first video tutorial ( explains the purpose of the Send To Bar, how to use it, and how to hide unwanted …
    Microsoft Office Picture Manager has a Picture Shortcuts pane that shows a list with the Recently Browsed folders. While creating my video Micro Tutorial here at Experts Exchange showing How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013…

    760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    6 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now