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The topics of fingerprint classification, indexing, and retrieval have been studied extensively in the past decades. One problem faced by researchers is that in all publicly available fingerprint databases, only a few fingerprint samples from each individual are available for training and testing, making it inappropriate to use sophisticated statistical methods for recognition. Hence most of the previous works resorted to simple k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) classification. However, the k-NN classifier has the drawbacks of being comparatively slow and less accurate. In this paper, we tackle this problem by first artificially expanding the set of training samples using our previously proposed spatial modeling technique. With the expanded training set, we are then able to employ a more sophisticated classifier such as the Bayes classifier for recognition. We apply the proposed method to the problem of one-to-N fingerprint identification and retrieval. The accuracy and speed are evaluated using the benchmarking FVC 2000, FVC 2002, and NIST-4 databases, and satisfactory retrieval performance is achieved.
Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:6 , Issue: 1 )
Biometrics Compendium, IEEE
Date of Publication: March 2011