Face recognition and facial expression identification using PCA

Sukanya Sagarika Meher, Pallavi Maben

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The face being the primary focus of attention in social interaction plays a major role in conveying identity and emotion. A facial recognition system is a computer application for automatically identifying or verifying a person from a digital image or a video frame from a video source. The main aim of this paper is to analyse the method of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and its performance when applied to face recognition. This algorithm creates a subspace (face space) where the faces in a database are represented using a reduced number of features called feature vectors. The PCA technique has also been used to identify various facial expressions such as happy, sad, neutral, anger, disgust, fear etc. Experimental results that follow show that PCA based methods provide better face recognition with reasonably low error rates. From the paper, we conclude that PCA is a good technique for face recognition as it is able to identify faces fairly well with varying illuminations, facial expressions etc.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 4th IEEE International Advance Computing Conference, IACC 2014 - Gurgaon, India
Duration: 21-02-201422-02-2014


Conference2014 4th IEEE International Advance Computing Conference, IACC 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


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