Gender Classification Using a New Pyramidal Neural Network

  • S. L. Phung
  • A. Bouzerdoum
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4233)


We propose a novel neural network for classification of visual patterns. The new network, called pyramidal neural network or PyraNet, has a hierarchical structure with two types of processing layers, namely pyramidal layers and 1-D layers. The PyraNet is motivated by two concepts: the image pyramids and local receptive fields. In the new network, nonlinear 2-D are trained to perform both 2-D analysis and data reduction. In this paper, we present a fast training method for the PyraNet that is based on resilient back-propagation and weight decay, and apply the new network to classify gender from facial images.


Support Vector Machine Facial Image Convolutional Neural Network Pyramidal Layer Image Pyramid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. Phung
    • 1
  • A. Bouzerdoum
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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