Fisherfaces in OpenCV

This project is a C++ implementation of the Fisherfaces method as described in:

  • P. Belhumeur, J. Hespanha, and D. Kriegman, "Eigenfaces vs. Fisherfaces: Recognition Using Class Specific Linear Projection", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 19(7):711--720, 1997.

It was written in preparation of libfacerec and its contribution to OpenCV. The project has no other dependencies except a recent OpenCV2.

All code is put under a BSD license, so feel free to use it for your projects:

Building the Project

This project does not need any external libraries except OpenCV, so compiling the project is as easy as writing (assuming you are in this folder):

philipp@mango:~/some/dir/lda$ mkdir build
philipp@mango:~/some/dir/lda$ cd build
philipp@mango:~/some/dir/lda/build$ cmake ..
philipp@mango:~/some/dir/lda/build$ make
philipp@mango:~/some/dir/lda/build$ ./lda filename.ext

And if you are in Windows using MinGW it may look like this:

C:\some\dir\lda> mkdir build
C:\some\dir\lda> cd build
C:\some\dir\lda\build> cmake -G "MinGW Makefiles" ..
C:\some\dir\lda\build> mingw32-make
C:\some\dir\lda\build> lda.exe filename.ext

You probably have to set the OpenCV_DIR variable if it hasn't been added by your installation, see Line 5 in the CMakeLists.txt on how to do this.

Using the Project

The project comes with an example, please have a look at the main.cpp on how to use the classes. You need some data to make the examples work, sorry but I really can't include those face databases in my repository. I have thoroughly commented the code and reworked it lately, to make its usage simpler. So if anything regarding the classes is unclear, please read the comments.

In the example I use a CSV file to read in the data, it's the easiest solution I can think of right now. However, if you know a simpler solution please ping me about it. Basically all the CSV file needs to contain are lines composed of a filename followed by a ; (semicolon) followed by the label (as an integer number), making up a file like this:


Think of the label as the subject (the person) this image belongs to, so same subjects (persons) should have the same label. An example CSV file for the AT&T Facedatabase is given here, which looks like this (assuming I've extracted the database to /home/philipp/facerec/data/at/, file is without ... of course):


Once you have a CSV file with valid filenames and labels, you can run the demo by simply starting the demo with the path to the CSV file as parameter:

./lda /path/to/your/csvfile.ext

Or if you are in Windows:

lda.exe /path/to/your/csvfile.ext

How to contribute

One of the easiest ways to contribute is to participate in discussions. You can also contribute by submitting pull requests.

General feedback and discussions?

Do you have questions or feedback on this article? Please create an issue on the GitHub issue tracker.

Something is wrong or missing?

There may be something wrong or missing in this article. If you want to help fixing it, then please make a Pull Request to this file on GitHub.