Fingerprint recognition and verification are always the key issues in intelligent technology and information security. Extraction of fingerprint ridge lines is a critical pre-processing step in fingerprint identification applications. Although existing algorithms for fingerprint extraction work well on good-quality images. Their performance decrease when handling poor-quality images. This paper addresses the ridge line extraction problem as curve tracking processes under the framework of probabilistic tracking. Each ridge line is modeled as sequential frames of a continuous curve and then traced by standard CONDENSATION algorithm in the area of computer vision. Additionally, local directional image is rectified with a feedback technique after each tracking step to improve the accuracy. The experimental results are compared with those obtained through existing well-known algorithms, such as local-binarization and sampling-tracing methods. In spite of greater computational complexity, the method proposed performs better both in terms of efficiency and robustness.
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- Fingerprint Ridge Line Extraction Based on Tracing and Directional Feedback
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg