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Photo Ranking With Python


What is this?

This is a tool that uses the Elo Ranking System written in Python using:

  1. Matplotlib
  2. Numpy
  3. exifread


  • Auto image rotation that the camera recored in the EXIF meta data
  • Persistent state from execution to execution so you can pickup where you left off
  • New photos that are added to the photo dir after initial ranking are picked up

Install dependencies

Use your system's package manager to install Matplotlib & Numpy if you don't already have them installed.

Next, you can use pip to install the EXIF image reader package exifread:

pip install exifread --user

How to rank photos

Once you have to dependencies installed, run on the command line passing it the directory of photos.

./ -h

usage: [-h] [-r N_ROUNDS] [-f FIGSIZE FIGSIZE] photo_dir

Uses the Elo ranking algorithm to sort your images by rank. The program globs
for .jpg images to present to you in random order, then you select the better
photo. After n-rounds, the results are reported.

positional arguments:
  photo_dir             The photo directory to scan for .jpg images

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -r N_ROUNDS, --n-rounds N_ROUNDS
                        Specifies the number of rounds to pass through the
                        photo set (3)
                        Specifies width and height of the Matplotlib figsize
                        (20, 12)

For example, iterate over all photos three times:

./ -r 3 ~/Desktop/example/

After the number of rounds complete, ranked.txt is written into the photo dir.

Ranking work is cached

After completing N rounds of ranking, a file called ranking_table.json is written into the photo dir. The next time is executed with the photo dir, this table is read in and ranking can continue where you left off.

You can also add new photos the the directory and they will get added to the ranked list even though they weren't included previously.


Suppose there is a dir containing some photos:

ls -1 ~/Desktop/example/


These photos haven't been ranked yet, so lets rank them, in this example, 1 round:

./ -r 1 ~/Desktop/example/

Once the number of rounds complete, the ranked list is dumped to the console:

Final Ranking:
Rank    Score    Matches    Win %    Filename
   1    1433          2     100.00    20160109_152414.jpg
   2    1414          3      66.67    20160109_151557.jpg
   3    1401          2      50.00    20160109_153443.jpg
   4    1400          2      50.00    20160102_164732.jpg
   5    1387          3      33.33    20160109_151607.jpg
   6    1383          3      33.33    20160109_152318.jpg
   7    1382          3      33.33    20160109_152400.jpg

The ranked list is also written to the file ranked.txt. The raw data is cached to the file ranking_table.json:

cat ~/Desktop/example/ranking_table.json

    "photos" : [
            "matches" : 2,
            "wins" : 2,
            "score" : 1432.736306793522,
            "filename" : "20160109_152414.jpg"
            "matches" : 3,
            "wins" : 2,
            "score" : 1413.760501639972,
            "filename" : "20160109_151557.jpg"
            "matches" : 2,
            "wins" : 1,
            "score" : 1400.736306793522,
            "filename" : "20160109_153443.jpg"
            "matches" : 2,
            "wins" : 1,
            "score" : 1400.0336900375303,
            "filename" : "20160102_164732.jpg"
            "matches" : 3,
            "wins" : 1,
            "score" : 1387.00607880615,
            "filename" : "20160109_151607.jpg"
            "matches" : 3,
            "wins" : 1,
            "score" : 1383.263693206478,
            "filename" : "20160109_152318.jpg"
            "matches" : 3,
            "wins" : 1,
            "score" : 1382.4634227228255,
            "filename" : "20160109_152400.jpg"

If you run the program again, the cached data is loaded and new match ups can be continued using the cached data. If new photos were added, they also get added to the table data and are included in match ups.


Matplotlib based photo ranking system using the Elo rating system



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