An Analysis of Automatic Gender Classification

  • Modesto Castrillón-Santana
  • Quoc C. Vuong
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-76725-1_29

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4756)
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Castrillón-Santana M., Vuong Q.C. (2007) An Analysis of Automatic Gender Classification. In: Rueda L., Mery D., Kittler J. (eds) Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Applications. CIARP 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4756. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Different researches suggest that inner facial features are not the only discriminative features for tasks such as person identification or gender classification. Indeed, they have shown an influence of features which are part of the local face context, such as hair, on these tasks. However, object-centered approaches which ignore local context dominate the research in computational vision based facial analysis. In this paper, we performed an analysis to study which areas and which resolutions are diagnostic for the gender classification problem. We first demonstrate the importance of contextual features in human observers for gender classification using a psychophysical ”bubbles” technique. The success rate achieved without internal facial information convinced us to analyze the performance of an appearance-based representation which takes into account facial areas and resolutions that integrate inner features and local context.


Gender classification local context PCA SVM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Modesto Castrillón-Santana
    • 1
  • Quoc C. Vuong
    • 2
  1. 1.IUSIANI, Edificio Central del Parque Científico-Tecnológico, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Las PalmasSpain
  2. 2.Division of Psychology, Henry Wellcome Building for Neuroecology, Newcastle University, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HHUK

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