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Using a Game to Label Images

There’s an interesting game online that provides an innovative way to label images with descriptive terms that make them easier to find online.

The game randomly pairs players who’ve logged on to its Web site. Both players see the same image, selected from a large database, but they can’t communicate directly. Each player types in words that describe the image. When the words match, both players earn points and move to the next image. Each round lasts 150 seconds and displays up to 15 images. Each player hopes that their thoughts are in sync with the player they’re playing with—all the better to rise on the list of top players.

The game’s inventor, computer scientist Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Mellon University points out that the game is an innovative way to label images with descriptive terms that would make them easier to find online. If you’ve ever looked for an image in Google Images, you may know that most images aren’t labeled in a way that makes them easy to find.

Science News has an extensive article on this as well as other related games.



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