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Style Software Gives Fashion Tips After Judging What You Wear

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Potential users of the new software.

New software developed by a University of Toronto researcher and her colleagues can judge outfits and offer suggestions for making them look more chic.

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University of Toronto researcher Raquel Urtasun and colleagues in Spain have developed software that can judge outfits from a photograph and offer suggestions to make them look more chic.

The team gave the software a sense for fashion by showing it thousands of pictures from a popular style website and having it analyze the responses left by users. The software takes into consideration the user's geographic location, the date the photo was posted, the background of the picture, and written descriptions of the clothing.

"Not everybody has access to an expert," Urtasun says. "You can imagine something like this being used [to style photos for] dating sites and Facebook profiles."

The researchers also are considering improving the software in the hope it can automate the work of a human stylist.

Urtasun presented the work last week at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Boston.

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