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Title: Median fisher discriminator : a robust feature extraction method with applications to biometrics
Authors: Yang, J
Yang, J
Zhang, D 
Keywords: Biometrics
Face recognition
Feature extraction
Fisher linear discriminant analysis (LDA)
Palm recognition
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Frontiers of computer science in China, 2008, v. 2, no. 3, p. 295-305 How to cite?
Journal: Frontiers of Computer Science in China 
Abstract: In existing Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) models, the class population mean is always estimated by the class sample average. In small sample size problems, such as face and palm recognition, however, the class sample average does not suffice to provide an accurate estimate of the class population mean based on a few of the given samples, particularly when there are outliers in the training set. To overcome this weakness, the class median vector is used to estimate the class population mean in LDA modeling. The class median vector has two advantages over the class sample average: (1) the class median (image) vector preserves useful details in the sample images, and (2) the class median vector is robust to outliers that exist in the training sample set. In addition, a weighting mechanism is adopted to refine the characterization of the within-class scatter so as to further improve the robustness of the proposed model. The proposed Median Fisher Discriminator (MFD) method was evaluated using the Yale and the AR face image databases and the PolyU (Polytechnic University) palmprint database. The experimental results demonstrated the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed method.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11483
ISSN: 1673-7350
DOI: 10.1007/s11704-008-0029-4
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