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Thermal image analysis for polygraph testing

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2 Author(s)
Pavlidis, I. ; Houston Univ., TX, USA ; Levine, J.

We have designed, developed, and tested a very promising thermal image analysis method for polygraph testing. The method achieved a correct classification rate of CCR= 84% on the test population to our avail. This method, once refined, can serve as an additional channel for increasing the reliability and accuracy of traditional polygraph examination. We extract subtle facial temperature fluctuation patterns through nonlinear heat transfer modeling. The modeling transforms raw thermal data to blood flow rate information. Then, we use the slope of the average periorbital blood flow rate as the feature of a binary classification scheme. The results come to support our previous laboratory findings about the importance of periorbital blood flow in anxious states.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 6 )