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In this paper, we propose a novel kernel discriminant feature extraction framework based on the mapped virtual samples (MVS) for face recognition. We calculate a non-symmetric kernel matrix by constructing a few virtual samples (including eigen-samples and common vector samples) in the input space, and then express kernel projection vectors by using mapped virtual samples (MVS). Under this framework, we realize two MVS-based representative kernel methods including kernel principal component analysis (KPCA) and generalized discriminant analysis (GDA). Experimental results on the AR and CAS-PEAL face databases demonstrate that the proposed framework can effectively improve the classification performance of kernel discriminant methods. In addition, the MVS-based kernel approaches have a lower computational cost in contrast with the related kernel methods.