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Fingerprint Recognition Using

Extended Fuzzy Hypersphere Neural Network
M. H. Kondekar, Dr. U. V. Kulkarni & S. S. Chowhan

Abstract— Presently personal identification using fingerprint is one of the most reliable and popular biometric recognition
method. An accurate and consistent classification algorithm can significantly reduce fingerprint matching time. This paper
describes Extended Fuzzy Hypersphere Neural Network (EFHSNN) with its learning algorithm, which is an extension of Fuzzy
Hypersphere Neural Network (FHSNN). The EFHSNN uses Manhattan distance instead of Euclidian distance. The experimental
results for PolyU HRF fingerprint database show that EFHSNN is superior and yields 100% recognition rate along with less
training and recall time.

Index Terms— Biometrics, Fuzzy Neural Network, Hypersphere, Fingerprint Recognition, FingerCode.

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T he increased focus on confidentiality and safety of

information in databases, personal identification has
become very important topic in today’s network so-
string-based matching. Although the minutiae-based
matching is widely used in fingerprint verification, but it
has problems in efficiently matching two fingerprint im-
ciety. Biometric indicators have an advantage over tradi- ages containing different number of unregistered minu-
tional security identification methods, because these inhe- tiae points. Further, it does not utilize a significant por-
rent attributes cannot be easily stolen. Up to the present, tion of the rich discriminatory information available in
there are many biometric features that are used for people the fingerprints. The FilterBank-based algorithm [6, 7, 8]
identification, like iris, face, retina, voice, gait, palm print uses a bank of Gabor filters to capture both local and
and fingerprint. The convenience of current electronic global information in a fingerprint as a compact fixed-
applications has led to an explosive increase in their use. length FingerCode, which is suitable for matching and
E-banking, electronic fund transfer, online shopping and storage. Thus, it overcomes some of the problems with
virtual auctions are just some applications prevalently the minutiae-based matching algorithms. So, here we
used by the public. Trust, as a result, has become more of have used FilterBank-based algorithm [8] for efficient and
an issue [1]. correct fingerprint feature extraction.
Fingerprints are widely used as personal identification In this paper, we have applied EFHSNN classifier
technique around the world [2] due to its distinguished which is an extension of Fuzzy Hypersphere Neural
features from others. Fingerprints are fully formed at Network (FHSNN) proposed by Kulkarni et al [9, 12] to
about seven months of fetus development and finger the problem of fingerprint recognition based on Finger-
ridge configurations do not change throughout the life of Code feature data. The EFHSNN utilizes fuzzy sets as
an individual except due to accidents such as bruises and pattern classes in which each fuzzy set is a union of fuzzy
cuts on the fingertips [3].This property makes fingerprints set hyperspheres. The fuzzy set hypersphere is a n-
a very attractive biometric identifier. Fingerprint features dimensional hypersphere defined by a center point and
are permanent and fingerprints of an individual are radius with its membership function. The rest of the pa-
unique. per is structured as follows. The feature extraction me-
The fingerprint recognition algorithms can be broadly thod in our work is introduced in Section 2. Then Sections
classified into minutiae-based and FilterBank-based algo- 3 gives a brief introduction for the architecture of the
rithms. The minutiae-based matching algorithms first EFHSNN, followed by its learning algorithm in section 4.
extract the local minutiae such as ridge endings and ridge Section 5 examines the experimental results of the clas-
bifurcations from the thinning image [4] or the gray scale sifiers on fingerprint data set. Conclusions are made in
image, and then match their relative placement in a given Section 6.
fingerprint with the stored template. A number of match-
ing techniques are available in the literature including
point-based matching [4], graph-based matching [5], and
———————————————— In this paper fingerprint feature extraction is done by us-
 M. H.Kondekar is with the College of Computer Science and Information ing PolyU HRF Fingerprint database images of 320*240
Technology, Latur, 413512, Maharashtra, India. sizes at 1,200 dpi resolution. The feature extraction
 Dr. U. V. Kulkarni is with the S.G.G.S.I.E.T.,Nanded, 431606, Maharash- process is based on FilterBank-based FingerCode feature
tra, India. extraction algorithm by Jain et al [8] which consists of
 S. S. Chowhan is with the College of Computer Science and Information
Technology, Latur, 413512, Maharashtra, India. following stages.


Fingerprints have many visible landmark structures NETWORK
and a combination of them could be used for establishing
The EFHSNN consists of four layers as shown in Fig. 1(a).
a reference point. Jain, Prabhakar, Hong, and Pankanti
had defined the reference point of a fingerprint as the The first, second, third and fourth layer is denoted
point of maximum curvature of the concave ridges in the as FR , FM , FN and FO respectively. The FR layer accepts
fingerprint image. The location of reference point is main- an input pattern and consists of n processing elements,
ly dependent on good quality of image, for graceful han- one for each dimension of the pattern.
dling of local noise in a poor quality fingerprint image; The FM layer consists of q processing nodes that are
the detection should necessarily consider a large neigh- constructed during training and each node represents
borhood in the fingerprint image. For locating a reference
hypersphere fuzzy set characterized by hypersphere
point of a fingerprint Local ridge orientation is usually
specified for a block rather than at every pixel; an image membership function [12]. The processing performed by
is divided into a set of non overlapping blocks and a sin- each node of FM layer is shown in Fig. 1(b).The weight
gle orientation is defined for each block. between FR and FM layer represents centre points of
the hyperspheres.
2.2 Filtering and FingerCode Feature Extraction As shown in Fig. 1(b), C j  (c j1 , c j 2 ,....., c jn )
Fingerprints have local parallel ridges and valleys, and  represents center point of the hypersphere m j . In addi-
well  defined  local  frequency  and  orientation.  Properly  tion to this each hypersphere takes one more input de-
tuned Gabor filters [10, 11] can remove noise, preserve the  noted as threshold T , which is set to one and the weight
true ridge and valley structures, and provide information  assigned to this link is j .j represents radius of the
hypersphere m j , which is updated during training. The
contained in a particular orientation in the image. Before 
center points and radii of the hyperspheres are stored in
filtering the fingerprint image, it is normalized to the re‐ matrix C and vector  , respectively. The maximum size
gion  of  interest  in  each  sector  separately  to  a  constant  of hypersphere is bounded by a user defined value  ,
mean  and  variance.  Normalization  is  performed  to  re‐ where 0    1 is called as growth parameter that is
move the effects of sensor noise and gray level distortion  used for controlling maximum size of the hypersphere
due to finger pressure differences.  and it puts maximum limit on the radius of the hyper-
An even symmetric Gabor filter has the following gen‐
Assuming the training set defined
eral form in the spatial domain: as R  {Rh | h = 1,2, …, P} , where
  1  x'2 y '2   Rh  ( rh1, r h 2 ,...., rhn )  I n is the hth pattern, the mem-
G ( x, y; f , )  exp  2  2   cos(2fx' ) (1)  bership function of the hypersphere node m j is
2 
  x '  y'  
x'  x sin  ycos                             (2)  m j ( Rh , C j ,  j )  1  f (l ,  j ,  )
y'  x cos  y sin                          (3)    
Where  f is the frequency of the sinusoidal plane wave 
along the direction   from the  x ‐axis, and   x ' and  y ' are 
the  space  constants  of  the  Gaussian  envelope  along  x'  
and  y '  axes, respectively. Jain et al [9] had performed the 
filtering  in  the  spatial  domain  with  a  mask  size  of  33    
33. In this algorithm Jain, Prabhakar, Hong, and Pankanti 
had  used  eight  different  values  for   
( 0 0 , 22.5 0 , 45 0 , 67.5 0 , 90 0 , 122.5 0 , 135 0 , and 157.5 0 ) 
with  respect  to  the  x ‐axis.  The  normalized  region  of  in‐
terest  in  a  fingerprint  image  is  convolved  with  each  of 
these  eight  filters  to  produce  a  set  of  eight  filtered  fea‐
tures.  These  eight  directional‐sensitive  filters  capture 
most of the global ridge directionality information as well 
as  the  local  ridge  characteristics  present  in  a  fingerprint.  Fig. 1(a). Extended Fuzzy Hypersphere Neural Network.
The  mean  of  each  sector  in  each  of  the  eight  filtered  fea‐
tures  defines  the  components  of  FingerCode  feature  vec‐
tor. The gray level in a sector in a disk represents the fea‐
ture  value  for  that  sector  in  the  corresponding  filtered 

where f ( ) is three‐parameter ramp threshold function  n k  max m j u jk for k  1,2,..........., p         (8) 

j 1
Each  FO  node  delivers  non‐fuzzy  output,  which  is  de‐
scribed by Eq. (6).
0 if m j  T
ok   for k  1,2,..........., p           (9) 
  1if n k  T
where  T  max ( n k ) for k  1,2,....., p . 


The EFHSNN consists of four layers as shown in Fig. 1(a). 
The  first,  second,  third  and  fourth  layer  is  denoted 
as FR , FM ,  FN and  FO respectively.  The FR layer  accepts 
Fig. 1 (b). Implementation Extended Fuzzy Hypersphere
an  input  pattern  and  consists  of  n   processing  elements, 
Neural Network
one for each dimension of the pattern. 
The  supervised  FHSNN  learning  algorithm  for  creating 
  1  x ' 2 y ' 2  
fuzzy hyperspheres in hyperspace consists of three steps 
G ( x, y; f ,  )  exp   2   cos( 2fx ' )  (5) 
2 
2 
  x '  y'    1. Creation of hyperspheres, 
and the argument l is defined as, 2. Overlap test, and 
 n 
  c ji  rhi 
3. Removing overlap. 
(6) These three steps are described below in detail. 
 i 1   
4.1 Creation of Hyperspheres
The membership function returns m j  1 , if the input Given the hth training pair ( Rh , d n ) find all the hyper-
pattern Rh is contained by the hypersphere. The parame- spheres belonging to the class d n . These hyperspheres
ter , 0    1 ,is a sensitivity parameter, which governs are arranged in ascending order according to the dis-
how fast the membership value decreases outside the tances between the input pattern and the center point
hypersphere when the distance between Rh and C j in- of the hyperspheres. After this following steps are car-
creases. The sample plot of membership function with ried sequentially for possible inclusion of input pat-
centre point [0.5 0.5] and radius equal to 0.3 is shown in tern Rh .
Fig. 2. Step 1: Determine whether the pattern Rh is con-
tained by any one of the hyperspheres. This can be veri-
fied by using fuzzy hypersphere membership function
defined in Eq. (4). If Rh is contained by any of the hyper-
sphere then it is included, therefore in the training
process all the remaining steps are skipped and training is
continued with the next training pair.
Step  2:  If  the  pattern  Rh falls  outside  the  hypersphere, 
then the hypersphere is expanded to include the pattern if 
the  expansion  criterion  is  satisfied.  For  the  hypersphere 
m j to include  Rh the following constraint must be met. 
Fig. 2. Plot of Modified Fuzzy Hypersphere Membership    n 
Function for = 1

 c ji  rhi          
 i 1 
Each node of FN and FO layer represents a class. The
Here  we  have  proposed  a  new  approach  for  testing 
FN layer gives fuzzy decision and output of k th FN node expansion of new hyperspheres based on Manhattan dis‐
represents the degree to which the input pattern belongs
tance  which  is  sum  of  the  absolute  differences  yields  su‐
to the class n k . The weights assigned to the connections
perior results as compared to Euclidian distance used by 
between FM and FN layers are binary values that are
stored in matrix U and updated during learning as
If the expansion criterion is met then pattern  Rh  is in‐
1 if m j is a hypersphere of class n k 
u jk    cluded as   n 

For k =1,0 2,otherwise
. . . . . . ., p and j =1, 2, . . . . . . ., q .              j new   c ji  rhi           (11) 
where  m j is the  jth FM node and  n k is the  k th FN node.  Step  3:  If  the  pattern  Rh is i not 
1            
included  by  any  of  the 
above  steps  then  new  hypersphere  is  created  for  that 
Each  FN node  performs  the  union  of  fuzzy  values  re‐
class, which is described as 
turned by the fuzzy set hyperspheres of same class, which 
is described by Eq. (5).   

Cnew  Rh and  new 0                   (12) 

4.2 Overlap Test
The  learning  algorithm  allows  overlap  of  hyperspheres 
from  the  same  class  and  eliminates  the  overlap  between 
hyperspheres from different classes. Therefore, it is neces‐
sary  to  eliminate  overlap  between  the  hyperspheres  that 
represent  different  classes.  Overlap  test  is  performed  as 
soon as the hypersphere is expanded by step 2 or created 
in step 3. 
(a) Overlap test for step 2: Let the hypersphere  mu is 
expanded to include the input pattern  Rh and expansion 
has created overlap with the hypersphere  mv , which be‐ Fig. 3(b). Status of the hyperspheres after removing an overlap in
longs  to  other  class.  Suppose,  step 2.
C u  [ x1 , x 2 ,........., x n ] and  u   represents  center  point 
and  radius  of  the  expanded  hypersphere  and   
If the step 3 creates overlap then it is removed by
modifying of other class. Let C p  [ x1 , x 2 ,........., x n ] and
 p, represents centre point and radius of the created
hypersphere and C q  [ x '1 , x ' 2 ,........., x ' n ] and  q, are
center point and radius of the hypersphere of other class.
Then overlap is removed as 

Fig. 3(a). Status of the hyperspheres before removing an

overlap in step 2.

C v  [ x'1 , x' 2 ,........., x' n ] and  v ,  are  centre  point  and 

radius  of  the  hypersphere  of  other  class  as  depicted  in 
Fig. 3(a). Then if 
 n 
  cui  rvi   u   v                      (13) 
Fig. 4(a). Status of the hyperspheres before removing an overlap in
step 3.
 i 1 
means those hyperspheres from separate classes are over‐
(b) Overlap test for step 3: If the created hypersphere 
falls inside the hypersphere of other class means there is 
an  overlap.  Suppose  m p represents  created  hypersphere 
to  include  the  input  pattern Rh ,  and  m q represents  the 
hypersphere  of  other  class  as  shown  in  Fig.  4(a).  The 
presence of overlap in this case can be verified using the 
membership  function  defined  in  Eq.  (4).  If  Fig. 4(b). Status of the hyperspheres after removing an over-
m p ( Rh , C p ,  p ) mq ( Rh Cq  q )  1 means  two  hyper‐ lap in step 3.
spheres from different classes are overlapping.   n

 q new    c pi  rqi    (15)
4.3 Removing Overlap  i 1 
If step 2 has created overlap of hyperspheres from sepa-
rate classes then overlap is removed by restoring the ra- 5 EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
dius of just expanded hypersphere. Let, mu be the ex-
panded hypersphere then it is contracted as
The EFHSNN is implemented using MATLAB 7.0. The
u  u
new new
(14) results are obtained and compared with FHSNN. For
and new hypersphere is created for the input pattern as comparisons we have used fingerprint database. The pro-
described by Eq. (12). This situation is shown in Fig. 3(b). file of the database is as shown in section 2. The timing
analysis of training and recall are depicted in Table 1 and
recognition rates in terms of number of hyperspheres,

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M. H. Kondekar received the M.C.A. degree from Government En-
spheres, training and recall time. The training time differ- gineering College, Aurangabad in the year 2000. He received the
ence of 0.012899 seconds and testing time difference of M.Phil. Degree in Computer Science from Y.C.M.O. University, Na-
0.313311 seconds is less as compared with FHSNN clas- shik in the year 2009. He is currently working as Lecturer in the Col-
sifier. Thus EFHSNN can be used for huge realistic data- lege of Computer Science and Information Technology, Latur, Maha-
rastra. His current research interests include various aspects of
base recognition purposes where less amount of training Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic, Pattern Recogntion and Biome-
and testing time is the prime request. Our future work trics.
will be based on exploring clustering techniques using
fuzzy neural approach. Dr.U.V.Kulkarni received the PhD degree in Electronics and Com-
puter Science Engineering from S.R.T.M. University, Nanded in the
year 2003. He is currently working as Head of Computer Science
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