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YIF | A search engine for retrieving biomedical images


Indexes text found inside biomedical images. YIF offers more comprehensive research results by searching over text that may not be present in the image caption, and offers the ability to find related images and associated papers by directly comparing image content. YIF’s analysis identifies image text elements, and subjects them to optical character recognition (OCR). We believe that searching over image text opens up new avenues for fruitful research in biomedical information retrieval.

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YIF specifications

Unique identifier:
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Data access:
Yale Image Finder
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Department of Computer Science, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA; Department of Pathology and Yale Center for Medical Informatics, New Haven, CT, USA

Funding source(s)

This research has been funded by NLM grant 5K22LM009255.

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