Software Helps Computers Find Attractive Women

Software that ranks the attractiveness of women's faces has been developed by an Israeli research team. This software has been developed by Amit Kagian, a Tel Aviv University (TAU) student, for his master's thesis in computer science. He has been supervised by Gideon Dror, an associate professor in computer science at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo and Eytan Ruppin, a TAU professor who manages the Complex Network Systems Lab.

"Facial coordinates with hair and skin sample regions as represented by the facial feature extractor. Coordinates are used for calculating geometric features and asymmetry. Sample regions are used for extracting color values and smoothness."

The picture below shows the initial calibration step.


(From Amit Kagian, a Tel Aviv University (TAU) student)

At the start of the study, thirty people were asked to rate the relative good looks of several dozen pictures; the 'judges' rated from 1-7. The pictures were then processed; the researchers came up with 98 numbers representing the geometric shape of the face and other characteristics.

Once this was accomplished, it was time to test the system; faces were fed into the computer for rating. The computer's ratings were compared to those of human judges. In particular, the computer was able to determine a standard of beauty that is similar to that developed by people.

How much longer before we have lovestruck computers?

In the 1984 film Electric Dreams, a "Pinecone" brand home computer falls in love with the same woman as his owner.


(Edgar the love-struck computer)

Via Roland.

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