Title: Fingerprint classification and building a gender prediction model using random forest algorithm

Authors: Aruna Sreekumaran Pisharody; Shweta Pargaonkar; Vrushali Y. Kulkarni

Addresses: Department of Computer Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India ' Department of Computer Science, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ' Department of Computer Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Abstract: The popularity of fingerprints as the means of an individual's identification has increased, and has resulted in a drastic increase in the size of fingerprint datasets. Every fingerprint can be classified based on their patterns. This can be done with the help of a classification system, which also helps to reduce the search and space complexity of the identification algorithm. Random Forest (RF) algorithm is an ensemble-learning method proved to be very effective in the field of bioinformatics. The system proposed in this paper applied the RF algorithm to help classify the fingerprints, and found that it produces highly accurate results in reasonable time. In addition, different features of the fingerprints such as number of ridge-endings and bifurcations, number of cores and deltas and average inter-ridge distance, were used to build a gender prediction model, which was found to be reasonably accurate.

Keywords: fingerprint classification; gender prediction models; random forest; fingerprints.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKEDM.2015.074080

International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Data Mining, 2015 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.286 - 298

Available online: 05 Jan 2016 *

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