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Comparison of ROC-based and likelihood methods for fingerprint verification
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Paper Abstract

The fingerprint verification task answers the question of whether or not two fingerprints belongs to the same finger. The paper focuses on the classification aspect of fingerprint verification. Classification is the third and final step after after the two earlier steps of feature extraction, where a known set of features (minutiae points) have been extracted from each fingerprint, and scoring, where a matcher has determined a degree of match between the two sets of features. Since this is a binary classification problem involving a single variable, the commonly used threshold method is related to the so-called receiver operating characteristics (ROC). In the ROC approach the optimal threshold on the score is determined so as to determine match or non-match. Such a method works well when there is a well-registered fingerprint image. On the other hand more sophisticated methods are needed when there exists a partial imprint of a finger- as in the case of latent prints in forensics or due to limitations of the biometric device. In such situations it is useful to consider classification methods based on computing the likelihood ratio of match/non-match. Such methods are commonly used in some biometric and forensic domains such as speaker verification where there is a much higher degree of uncertainty. This paper compares the two approaches empirically for the fingerprint classification task when the number of available minutiae are varied. In both ROC-based and likelihood ratio methods, learning is from a general population of ensemble of pairs, each of which is labeled as being from the same finger or from different fingers. In the ROC-based method the best operating point is derived from the ROC curve. In the likelihood method the distributions of same finger and different finger scores are modeled using Gaussian and Gamma distributions. The performances of the two methods are compared for varying numbers of minutiae points available. Results show that the likelihood method performs better than the ROC-based method when fewer minutiae points are available. Both methods converge to the same accuracy as more minutiae points are available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6202, Biometric Technology for Human Identification III, 620209 (17 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665596
Show Author Affiliations
Harish Srinivasan, Ctr. of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (United States)
Sargur N. Srihari, Ctr. of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (United States)
Matthew J. Beal, SUNY/Univ. at Buffalo (United States)
Prasad Phatak, Ctr. of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (United States)
Gang Fang, Ctr. of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6202:
Biometric Technology for Human Identification III
Patrick J. Flynn; Sharath Pankanti, Editor(s)

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