Half-orientation extraction of palmprint features

Lunke Fei, Yong Xu, Dapeng Zhang

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Orientation features of the palmprint are usually used in palmprint recognition methods. Conventional orientation based methods are always based on an assumption that the line in a palmprint is straight and possesses only a single dominant orientation. However, a large number of "lines" in a palmprint are curves. The point in these curves usually has two dominant orientations. Moreover, it can be seen that there are numerous cross wrinkles in a palmprint. The cross point of any two cross wrinkles obviously has two different dominant orientations. In this paper, we proposed a simple and effective double half-orientation based method for feature extraction and recognition of the palmprint. In the method, a bank of "half-Gabor" filters are defined for the half-orientation extraction of a palmprint. Compared with the single dominant orientation, the double half-orientations can more precisely characterize the global orientation feature of a palmprint. Extensive experiments are carried out on three different kinds of palmprint databases and the results show that the proposed method achieves a promising performance in both palmprint verification and identification and outperforms other orientation feature based methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalPattern Recognition Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Biometric
  • Half-gabor filter
  • Half-orientation representation
  • Palmprint recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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