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Computer Software Can Correctly Identify Even The Poorest Sketch

Computer Software Can Correctly Identify Even The Poorest Sketch
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Researchers from the Berlin Institute of Technology and Brown University have trained a computer to recognize drawings.

Emma Hutchings
  • 17 september 2012

Researchers from the Technical University of Berlin and Brown University have created a computer program that can identify simple abstract sketches of objects almost as often as humans. The researchers developed a large database of 250 categories of sketches to teach the computer how humans draw objects. They used crowdsourced drawings from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, generating 20,000 in total. This taught the machine how to identify certain shapes and patterns, in order to place the sketches in different categories.

Computer Software Can Correctly Identify Even The Poorest Sketch

The researchers then created an interface that let them input new sketches, and allowed the computer to identify them as they were being drawn. The program correctly identified sketches of objects almost as often (56% of the time) as human viewers (73%). You can watch the video below for more information:

How do humans sketch objects?

Photo by Adam Hodgson

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