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WebSeer: An Image Search Engine for the World Wide Web 1

Summary: WebSeer: An Image Search Engine for the
World Wide Web 1
Charles Frankel, Michael J. Swain, and Vassilis Athitsos
The University of Chicago
Computer Science Department
1100 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Technical Report 96­14
August 1, 1996
Because of the size of the World Wide Web and its inherent lack of structure, finding what one is
looking for can be a challenge. PC­Meter's March, 1996, survey found that three of the five most
visited Web sites were search engines. However, while Web pages typically contain both text
and images, all the currently available search engines only index text. This paper describes
WebSeer, a system for locating images on the Web. WebSeer uses image content in addition to
associated text to index images, presenting the user with a selection that potentially fits her
1 This work was supported in part by ONR contract N00014­93­1­0332 and NSF Grant No. IRI­9210763­


Source: Athitsos, Vassilis - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences