Representation and Verification of Offline Signatures with Dictionary Learning and Parsimonious Coding

07/13/2018 ∙ by Elias N. Zois, et al. ∙ 0

In this work, a method for offline signature verification is presented that harnesses the power of sparse representation in order to deliver state-of-the-art verification performance in several signature datasets like CEDAR, MCYT-75, GPDS and UTSIG. Beyond the accuracy improvements, several major parameters associated with sparse representation; such as selected formulation, dictionary size, sparsity level and positivity priors are investigated. Besides, it is evinced that 2nd order statistics can be a powerful pooling function for the formation of the global signature descriptor. Also, a thorough evaluation of the effects of preprocessing is introduced by an automated algorithm in order to select the optimum thinning level. Finally, a segmentation strategy which employs a special form of spatial pyramid tailored to the problem of sparse representation is presented along with the enhancing of the produced descriptor on meaningful areas of the signature as emerged from the BRISK key-point detection mechanism. The obtained state-of-the-art results on the most challenging signature datasets provide a strong indication towards the benefits of learned features, even in WD scenarios with only a few available reference samples.

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