Encyclopedia of Biometrics

2009 Edition
| Editors: Stan Z. Li, Anil Jain

Face Databases and Evaluation

  • Dmitry O. Gorodnichy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-73003-5_192



Face Databases are imagery data that are used for testing  face processing algorithms. In the contents of biometrics, face databases are collected and used to evaluate the performance of face recognition biometric systems.

Face recognition evaluation is the procedure that is used to access the recognition quality of a face recognition system. It involves testing the system on a set of face databases and/or in a specific setup for the purpose of obtaining measurable statistics that can be used to compare systems to one another.

Introduction: Factors Affecting Face Recognition Performance

While for humans recognizing a face in a photograph or in video is natural and easy, computerized face recognition is very challenging. In fact, automated recognition of faces is known to be more difficult than recognition of other imagery data such as iris, vein, or fingerprint images due to the fact that the human face is a non-rigid 3D...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitry O. Gorodnichy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory and Scientific Services DirectorateCanada Border Services AgencyOttawaCanada