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Re: Re: A little fun with merlyn

by tstock (Curate)
on Nov 13, 2001 at 07:09 UTC ( #124986=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: A little fun with merlyn
in thread A little fun with merlyn

Your 1st suggestion is pretty much what Altavista uses for basic search engine submissions.

http://addurl.altavista.com/sites/addurl/newurl

Tiago


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Re: Re: Re: A little fun with merlyn
by hossman (Prior) on Apr 17, 2002 at 20:21 UTC
    Altavista's technique may seem very complicated to break with OCR, but the solution is not to try with OCR.

    They aren't generating their "skewed letter" images on the fly (that would be hard to do for the same reasons it would be hard to parse) They have a finite set of images, and by finite i mean on the order of about 200. it would take about 15 minutes to write a script that downloads all of them, and about 45 minutes to do the data entry neccessary to map an image number with it's secret code.

    not that any of us would wnat to do that. :)

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