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Me and Kareem

I teach data mining here at the Tepper School, and one example I use of something that is hard to get computers to do is to recognize faces, a task any 2 month old baby can do reasonably well (at least with regards to mothers). But it seems that has this licked: given a photo, they do a great job of seeing who your celebrity look-alikes are. And for me, it was uncanny. I can’t tell you the number of times I have walked down the street and have people say “Aren’t you Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?” That’s assuming they are not mistaking me for the Dalai Lama. I am glad I now have this picture so I can clear up any confusion: that is me in the upper left; Kareem is in the lower left. Perhaps the easiest way to distinguish is to note that I still have some hair on the top of my head. Or perhaps that Kareem is the taller.

Check out the face recognition at

I’m now hard at work to create the algorithm to prove my real look-alike is George Clooney.

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  1. Tallys | April 10, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I didn’t get George Clooney, but I got Richard Gere, which is also decent. But my top match was Winston Churchill:


  2. Jeff L | April 11, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I always knew I was pretty, and now I have confirmation. I got Angelina Jolie as one of my matches!