SmithsonianMag published a story on new software developed by researchers at UC Berkeley that averages image collections into one result:
Last month, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley unveiled new software, AverageExplorer, that will allow users to see the “average” image that represents what they’re looking for. Rather than a picture worth a thousand words, it’s a picture worth a thousand—or more—pictures.
“When you enter a Google image search, you’ll be sifting through pages and pages of images,” explains Jun-Yan Zhu, UC Berkeley graduate student and lead author of the paper, presented at this year’s International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Vancouver. “It’s huge and hard to summarize; you can’t get a sense of what’s happening.”