The (Extra) Eyes Have It: UCSB researchers investigate the wisdom of crowds in the realm of visual searches

June 21, 2017

Your doctor is an expert with many years of experience. So when she tells you, upon reviewing all the fancy tomographic imaging you had done, that the tenderness in your breast is just some minor irritation, you want to believe her and leave it at that.

But is she right?

According to researchers at UC Santa Barbara a second pair of eyes studying those same images looks to be more beneficial than previously thought when searching for hard-to-find objects in a “noisy” field — especially when that searcher is under time pressure and other constraints. The scientists’ findings, detailed in the paper “The Wisdom of Crowds for Visual Search,” are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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