Multiple metric learning based on bar-shape descriptor for person re-identification

Cairong Zhao, Xuekuan Wang, Wai Keung Wong, Weishi Zheng, Jian Yang, Duoqian Miao

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This paper presents a novel algorithm named Multiple Metric Learning based on Bar-shape Descriptor (MMLBD) for person re-identification. Specifically, we first propose a new Multiple Bar-shape Descriptor that can take full account of the spatial correlation between the center points and their adjacent points on different directions. It captures further histogram features based on a novel color difference weight factors with an overlapping sliding window, which can depict the local variations and consistency in the whole image. The similarity and dissimilarity of samples are used to train the weight factor of features and an optimal subspace could be obtained at the same time. Next, we provide an effective multiple metric learning method fusing two-channel bar-shape structural features via the optimal similarity pairwise measure obtained by a dissimilarity matrix. This measure can fully mine the discriminative information and eliminate redundancy in the similar features, which make the MMLBD simple and effective. Finally, evaluation experiments on the i_LIDS, CAVIAR4REID and WARD data-sets are carried out, which compare the proposed MMLBD with the corresponding methods. Experimental results demonstrate that the MMLBD is more effective and robust against visual appearance variations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-234
Number of pages17
JournalPattern Recognition
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Multiple bar-shape descriptor
  • Multiple metric learning
  • Person re-identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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