Autotagging Facebook: Social Network Context Improves Photo Annotation


Zak Stone; Todd Zickler; Trevor Darrell


Most personal photos that are shared online are embedded in some form of social network, and these social networks are a potent sources of contextual information that can be leveraged for automatic image understanding. In this paper, we investigate the utility of social network context for the task of automatic face recognition in personal photographs. We combine face recognition scores with social context in a conditional random field (CRF) model and apply this model to label faces in photos from the popular online social network Facebook, which is now the top photo-sharing site on the Web with billions of photos in total. We demonstrate that our simple method of enhancing face recognition with social network context substantially increases recognition performance beyond that of a baseline face recognition system.

BibTex entry

@conference { 190, title = {Autotagging Facebook: Social Network Context Improves Photo Annotation}, year = {2008}, publisher = {IEEE}, author = {Zak Stone and Todd Zickler and Trevor Darrell} }