Palmprint Identification Using an Ensemble of Sparse Representations

Imad Rida, Somaya Al-maadeed, Arif Mahmood, Ahmed Bouridane, Sambit Bakshi

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Among various palmprint identification methods proposed in the literature, sparse representation for classification (SRC) is very attractive offering high accuracy. Although SRC has good discriminative ability, its performance strongly depends on the quality of the training data. In particular, SRC suffers from two major problems: lack of training samples per class and large intra-class variations. In fact, palmprint images not only contain identity information but they also have other information, such as illumination and geometrical distortions due to the unconstrained conditions and the movement of the hand. In this case, the sparse representation assumption may not hold well in the original space since samples from different classes may be considered from the same class. This paper aims to enhance palmprint identification performance through SRC by proposing a simple yet efficient method based on an ensemble of sparse representations through an ensemble of discriminative dictionaries satisfying SRC assumption. The ensemble learning has the advantage to reduce the sensitivity due to the limited size of the training data and is performed based on random subspace sampling over 2D-PCA space while keeping the image inherent structure and information. In order to obtain discriminative dictionaries satisfying SRC assumption, a new space is learned by minimizing and maximizing the intra-class and inter-class variations using 2D-LDA. Extensive experiments are conducted on two publicly available palmprint data sets: multispectral and PolyU. Obtained results showed very promising results compared with both state-of-the-art holistic and coding methods. Besides these findings, we provide an empirical analysis of the parameters involved in the proposed technique to guide the neophyte.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3241-3248
JournalIEEE Access
Early online date1 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2018


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