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Some like it hot - visual guidance for preference prediction

Rasmus Rothe and Radu Timofte and Luc Van Gool
Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
June 2016


For people first impressions of someone are of determining importance. They are hard to alter through further information. This begs the question if a computer can reach the same judgement. Earlier research has already pointed out that age, gender, and average attractiveness can be estimated with reasonable precision. We improve the state-of-the-art, but also predict - based on someone's known preferences - how much that particular person is attracted to a novel face. Our computational pipeline comprises a face detector, convolutional neural networks for the extraction of deep features, standard support vector regression for gender, age and facial beauty, and - as the main novelties - visual regularized collaborative filtering to infer inter-person preferences as well as a novel regression technique for handling visual queries without rating history. We validate the method using a very large dataset from a dating site as well as images from celebrities. Our experiments yield convincing results, i.e. we predict 76% of the ratings correctly solely based on an image, and reveal some sociologically relevant conclusions. We also validate our collaborative filtering solution on the standard MovieLens rating dataset, augmented with movie posters, to predict an individual's movie rating. We demonstrate our algorithms on which went viral around the Internet with more than 50 million pictures evaluated in the first month.

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  author = {Rasmus Rothe and Radu Timofte and Luc Van Gool},
  title = {Some like it hot - visual guidance for preference prediction},
  booktitle = {Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {June},
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