Biometric scores fusion based on total error rate minimization

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This paper addresses the biometric scores fusion problem from the error rate minimization point of view. Comparing to the conventional approach which treats fusion classifier design and performance evaluation as a two-stage process, this work directly optimizes the target performance with respect to fusion classifier design. Based on a smooth approximation to the total error rate of identity verification, a deterministic solution is proposed to solve the fusion optimization problem. The proposed method is applied to a face and iris verification fusion problem addressing the demand for high security in the modern networked society. Our empirical evaluations show promising potential in terms of decision accuracy and computing efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1082
Number of pages17
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Biometrics Engineering Research Center (BERC) at Yonsei University.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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