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A color-based approach to automatic face detection

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4 Author(s)
Son Lam Phung ; Edith Cowan Univ., WA, Australia ; Bouzerdoum, A. ; Chai, D. ; Kuczborski, W.

We present a new approach to detecting quasi-frontal faces in color images. Our approach combines a color-based skin detection technique, a face candidate selection scheme using a geometric face model and color-based eye detection, and a face/nonface classification method based on the naive Bayes model. The proposed approach eliminates the computation-intensive step of window-scanning commonly adopted in holistic face detection approaches. With the proposed approach, we also address two important problems in face detection, namely coping with in-plane rotation and detecting faces of different sizes.

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Signal Processing and Information Technology, 2003. ISSPIT 2003. Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Symposium on

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14-17 Dec. 2003