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Some More Face Recognition Fun

By Brian | July 18, 2006 | Share on Facebook

I decided to test the Celebrity Face Recognition program that I blogged about yesterday, so here’s what I did: I went to the Forbes.com Celebrity 100 list and pulled off a bunch of celebrities from the top of the list. Then I went and found a good picture (full frontal face shot) on Google Images and fed it to the Face Recognition software. Ideally, it would match the celebrity with him/herself given that it’s, well you know, the same person and all.

So here are the results. These are in the format of:

Picture I Uploaded – Highest Percentage Match (Percentage) (if not a match, whether the match occurred in any of the suggested celebrities – and if so the percentage of the actual match).

I sampled 25 celebrities. First, the matches:

David Letterman – David Letterman (100%)
Paul McCartney – Paul McCartney (100%)
Tom Hanks – Tom Hanks (100%)
Steven Spielberg – Steven Spielberg (99%)
Oprah Winfrey – Oprah Winfrey (90%)
50 Cent – 50 Cent (76%)
Brad Pitt – Brad Pitt (76%)
Johnny Depp – Johnny Depp (76%)
Donald Trump – Donald Trump (76%)
Celine Dion – Celine Dion (75%)
George Lucas – George Lucas (74%)
Jerry Seinfeld – Jerry Seinfeld (75%)
Tiger Woods – Tiger Woods (67%)
Peter Jackson – Peter Jackson (64%)

14 out of 25, or 56%. Not too shabby, although only three were perfect, 100% matches (with Spielberg at a very close 99%). Then there were two that mismatched, but eventually got it right at lower percentages:

Tom Cruise – Dean R. Koontz (73%) (Y – 64%)
Jay Leno – Wesley Clark (64%) (Y – 51%)

And the remaining nine, with some rather entertaining wrong guesses:

Muhammad Ali – Billy Zane (61%) (N)
Bruce Springsteen – Emma Watson (64%) (N)
Dr. Phil – Daniel Day Lewis (70%) (N)
Elton John – Bill Gates (71%) (N)
Howard Stern – Brian May (58%) (N)
Kobe Bryant – Andriy Shevchenko (66%) (N)
Michael Jordan – John Coltrane (72%) (N)
Phil Mickelson – Rudolf Steiner (64%) (N)
Simon Cowell – Mel Gibson (70%) (N)

I particularly like Bill Gates for Elton John, Mel Gibson for Simon Cowell, and Emma Watson (?) for Bruce Springsteen.

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