Have you been in a situation where you need to search for images that are similar to a specific design but you find it hard to describe with words and harder to search for it? Or would you like to offer your customers an easier way to visually find items in a product inventory by skipping hard-coded keywords? As of today, you are able to build image similarity search models on the Peltarion platform!
From a business perspective, let’s take a look at what similarity is, what it can do for you and some examples of the opportunities this capability offers.
Image similarity available on the Peltarion platform
02/ What is image similarity?
03/ Where can I apply image similarity?
04/ Why a solution on the Peltarion platform?
05/ Image classification vs image similarity?
A common question you might be asking yourself when trying to apply AI to your projects is what is the difference between image similarity and image classification. Image classification aims to predict a label or a predefined category for a specific image while image similarity quantifies the degree of similarity between two or more images.
For example, given a picture of a bird, an image classification model would predict the type of bird on the image based on a predefined set of bird labels e.g. Crested Auklet or Indigo Bunting. On the other hand, the image similarity model will return images of the most similar birds to the input picture in the given dataset. You can build models to perform both image classification and image similarity tasks on the Peltarion platform.
06/ Try it yourself!
Get a feel for the power of image similarity search by building your own visual search engine for your business. For some inspiration, follow this tutorial that uses image similarity to find out what fruit you (probably) got. Are you interested in deep dive into the technical side and get an idea of how image similarity actually works, this is a great post by my colleague Romain: Image similarity with deep learning explained.
If you want to explore more in detail how to build your own similarity model for your project or need some guidance, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!