Aesthetics algorithm spots beauty that humans overlook

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Beautiful images are not always popular ones, which is where the CrowdBeauty algorithm can help, computer scientists say.

One of the depressing truths about social media is that the popularity of an image is not necessarily an indication of its quality. It’s easy to find hugely popular content of dubious quality. But it’s much harder to find unpopular content of high quality.

That’s largely because popularity is governed by a power law: A small proportion of content receives a large proportion of attention, while the vast majority of content shares the rest. Take the picture-sharing website Flickr, which hosts some 200 million pictures. Of these, 166 million have five favorites or less. Read more…

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