Everything you need to know about search

Everything you need to know about search

Peakto 1.8 comes with a new conversational search engine. Here are a few tips to make the best out of it.

How does it work ?

Search works by turning a query text into a specific number called a signature and comparing it against all pre-computed signatures of your images. When they are close, then the image is considered to be a candidate for the result of the query. The notion of "close" is ambiguous as it depends on the query text, the language, and the image content. It is easy to sort the returned images by distance to this query and show the closest first...but it is hard to find when to stop displaying images.
This explains why sometimes you won't find immediately what you are after

The tolerance

The search panel has a drop down that lets you adjust the level of tolerance between close / standard / tolerant. This simply changes the value of the above mentioned threshold and will display more or less images.

Some tips

  1. Use many words: the more precise the query, the more precise the result
  2. Don't hesitate to set a lower threshold by using the 'Tolerant' setting even if it means that you'll get more images returned
  3. Watch for the number of images in the index...if this number is very different from the number of images in your database, it could be that the index is not fully loaded. Consider relaunching Peakto to see if that number changes. 
  4. Check the detected language: Peakto understands many languages but will convert the query in English to use its AI model. Make sure that the language shown in the popup is really the language you use to type.
In any case, send us feedback if you encounter issues.

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