What Wildbook should this feature be in? ACW
What would you like to see?
We’d like the option to exclude matches from within the same sighting. Similar to the checkbox for running matches against “My data” only. The option to include matches from within the same sighting would allow the researcher to do that process last, to clean up the matching from within the sighting, if they choose to.
There are often large batches of images from a single sighting and therefore many multiple images of the same animal at the same time and place. This results in those images often being all of the first 12, etc, match results through multiple iterations. Mutiple images helps to ensure that there’s at least one good one, hopefully of each viewpoint, that will be able to be matched to a possible ID’d indiv. in the database. But when running matching in the system, the researcher just wants to know if the animal(s) in that sighting are matched to any others from other sightings. Not to themselves in the same sighting.
How would this functionality help you?
There’s no real value in matching individuals to themselves from within the same sighting. The system’s value is the matching across sightings. Having this option would put higher value matches at the top of the list, which is what the researcher is really looking for. A researcher would not do matching within a sighting using their manual process so we shouldn’t be forcing them to do so in the system.
Have a look at match results for these 2 encounters from the same sighting (which has 37 encounters currently):
This might be an extension or tangentially related to this request that I replied to earlier? Batch classification from camera trap data
FYI - @PaulK