A comparative study of facial appearance modeling methods for active appearance models

Sung Joo Lee, Kang Ryoung Park, Jaihie Kim

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Active appearance models (AAMs) have been widely used in many face modeling and facial feature extraction methods. One of the problems of AAMs is that it is difficult to model a sufficiently wide range of human facial appearances, the pattern of intensities across a face image patch. Previous researches have used principal component analysis (PCA) for facial appearance modeling, but there has been little analysis and comparison between PCA and many other facial appearance modeling methods such as non-negative matrix factorization (NMF), local NMF (LNMF), and non-smooth NMF (ns-NMF). The main contribution of this paper is to find a suitable facial appearance modeling method for AAMs by a comparative study. In the experiments, PCA, NMF, LNMF, and ns-NMF were used to produce the appearance model of the AAMs and the root mean square (RMS) errors of the detected feature points were analyzed using the AR and BERC face databases. Experimental results showed that (1) if the appearance variations of testing face images were relatively non-sparser than those of training face images, the non-sparse methods (PCA, NMF) based AAMs outperformed the sparse methods (nsNMF, LNMF) based AAMs. (2) If the appearance variations of testing face images are relatively sparser than those of training face images, the sparse methods (nsNMF) based AAMs outperformed the non-sparse methods (PCA, NMF) based AAMs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1335-1346
Number of pages12
JournalPattern Recognition Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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