A thought, as I design my experiment

When people look at the results of an image search, are they mentally performing a sorting task?

I’m looking at Fidel‘s discussion of Jorgensen’s work here, comparing the describing, searching, and sorting tasks wrt Perceptual and Interpretive classes of image attributes. They are different. (Shock!)

If the state of image indexing is such that the characteristics indexers use to describe images is so different from that which they might use to sort them, no wonder I can’t find enough cute pictures of kittens.

I suppose I should keep reading.


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