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29 January 2007 Comparison of compression algorithms' impact on fingerprint and face recognition accuracy
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The impact of using different lossy compression algorithms on the matching accuracy of fingerprint and face recognition systems is investigated. In particular, we relate rate-distortion performance as measured in PSNR to the matching scores as obtained by the recognition systems. JPEG2000 and SPIHT are correctly predicted by PSNR to be the most suited compression algorithms to be used in fingerprint and face recognition systems. Fractal compression is identified to be least suited for the use in the investigated recognition systems, although PSNR suggests JPEG to deliver worse recognition results in the case of face imagery. JPEG compression performs surprisingly well at high bitrates in face recognition systems, given the low PSNR performance observed.
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A. Mascher-Kampfer, Herbert Stögner, and Andreas Uhl "Comparison of compression algorithms' impact on fingerprint and face recognition accuracy", Proc. SPIE 6508, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2007, 650810 (29 January 2007);

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