A Modified Mahalanobis Distance for Human Detection in Out-door Environments

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First IEEE International Conference on Ubi-media Computing (U-Media 2008), 2008, pp. 243 - 248
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This paper proposes a novel method for human detection from static images based on pixel structure of input images. Each image is divided into four parts, and a weight is assigned to each part of the image. In training stage, all sample images including human images and non-human images are used to construct a Mahalanobis distance map through statistically analyzing the difference between the different blocks on each original image. A projection matrix will be created with Linear Discriminant Method (LDM) based on the Mahalanobis distance map. This projection matrix will be used to transform multi-dimensional feature vectors into one dimensional feature domain according to a pre-calculated threshold to distinguish human figures from non-human figures. In comparison with the method without introducing weights, the proposed method performs much better. Encouraging experimental results have been obtained based on MIT dataset and our own dataset.
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