Thursday, April 17, 2008

[Reading] Rapid object detection using a boosted cascade of simple features

This paper describes the most well-known face detection algorithm. Before reading this paper, I thought Adaboost is equivalent to the cascade detection. The cascade detection is an important contribution of this paper.

Because the Adaboost can fuse several weak classifiers, the authors found that using simple Haar-like features is enough for the face detection, and Haar-like features can be efficiently evaluated by integral image (in fact, simple sum-area table in texture mapping). Also, the cascade detection can skip many regions to reduce the computation.

These contributions combine a very powerful system. In fact, many face detection modules in the digital cameras are based on these techniques.

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