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WebSeer: An Image Search Engine for the World Wide Web1

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. PC-Meter’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 needs.

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