Haar-like compact local binary pattern for illumination-robust feature matching

Bongjoe Kim, Jihoon Choi, Sanghyun Joo, Kwanghoon Sohn

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A novel method for local image descriptor called a Haarlike compact local binary pattern (HC-LBP) is presented, which is robust to Gaussian noise and illumination changes and reduces the dimension of features by modifying the local binary pattern (LBP) method in two ways. First, the binary Haar-like feature method is applied to calculate region-based rank order. The binary Haar-like feature method maintains only the ordinal relationship and not the difference of intensity. Using a region-based binary operation, the proposed local image descriptor becomes more robust to Gaussian noise and illumination changes. Second, a HC-LBP feature is generated by applying the binary Haar-like feature according to the edge class in order to reduce feature dimensions and increase the discriminating power of each feature. In the feature matching experiment, the proposed method outperforms the popular scale invariant feature transform, center-symmetric local binary pattern and center-symmetric local ternary pattern in the presence of illumination changes, Gaussian noise, image blurring, and viewpoint change. Compared with popular local feature descriptors, the proposed method could get more than 0.1 increases in recall. Also, the HC-LBP descriptor could be used for many computer vision applications such as image retrieval, face recognition, and texture recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43014
JournalJournal of Electronic Imaging
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the R&D Program (Industrial Strategic Technology Development) funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), Republic of Korea. Also, The authors are deeply thankful to all interested persons of MKE and Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (10040018, Development of 3D Montage Creation and Age-specific Facial Prediction System).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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