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Best method to detect facial hair?

asked 2017-04-21 10:24:11 -0600

macc.n gravatar image

Hello everybody, I would like to detect if a person has beard in an image. I extract the face using the Haar Cascade and I have no idea on how to detect the beard. What is the best way to do that?

Thanks for the help.

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I'm also looking for same kind of implementation, "detect if a person has beard in an image". if you can share code of it i think it will help people who is looking to same kind of implementation.

VenkatBommina gravatar imageVenkatBommina ( 2017-10-04 04:52:09 -0600 )edit

@VenkatBommina , please do not post answers here, if you have a question or comment, thank you.

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2017-10-04 04:53:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-04-21 11:34:45 -0600

The subsequent steps I would follow are

  • After extracting the face, detect facial landmarks, for example by using dlib
  • Then extract features around the chin regio's together with image patches
  • Create a local descriptor, for example an LBP histogram
  • Then do SVM or ANN classification between classes
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Thanks for your answer. I'm new with OpenCV, can you explain better the second and the third point?

  • What are the features to extract and how can I extract them?
  • How can i use this histogram? Is it considered as a feature for the training of the classifier?
macc.n gravatar imagemacc.n ( 2017-04-22 06:02:56 -0600 )edit


  • Features are local descriptions of the areas around the facial landmarks. You can use any feature descriptor in OpenCV on top of the found landmark positions.
  • The LBP histogram is just one kind of feature
  • It is indeed a training feature for the classifier
StevenPuttemans gravatar imageStevenPuttemans ( 2017-04-24 05:54:38 -0600 )edit

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