Individual Discriminative Face Recognition Models Based on Subsets of Features

  • Line H. Clemmensen
  • David D. Gomez
  • Bjarne K. Ersbøll
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4522)


The accuracy of data classification methods depends considerably on the data representation and on the selected features. In this work, the elastic net model selection is used to identify meaningful and important features in face recognition. Modelling the characteristics which distinguish one person from another using only subsets of features will both decrease the computational cost and increase the generalization capacity of the face recognition algorithm. Moreover, identifying which are the features that better discriminate between persons will also provide a deeper understanding of the face recognition problem. The elastic net model is able to select a subset of features with low computational effort compared to other state-of-the-art feature selection methods. Furthermore, the fact that the number of features usually is larger than the number of images in the data base makes feature selection techniques such as forward selection or lasso regression become inadequate. In the experimental section, the performance of the elastic net model is compared with geometrical and color based algorithms widely used in face recognition such as Procrustes nearest neighbor, Eigenfaces, or Fisherfaces. Results show that the elastic net is capable of selecting a set of discriminative features and hereby obtain higher classification rates.


Face Recognition Ridge Regression Iris Recognition Procrustes Distance Lasso Regression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Line H. Clemmensen
    • 1
  • David D. Gomez
    • 2
  • Bjarne K. Ersbøll
    • 1
  1. 1.Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 LyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Computational Imaging Lab, Pompeu Fabre University, BarcelonaSpain

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