Leveraging Computer Vision Face Representation to Understand Human Face Representation

AbstractFace processing plays a critical role in human social life, from differentiating friends from enemies to choosing a life mate. In this work, we leverage various computer vision techniques, combined with human assessments of similarity between pairs of faces, to investigate human face representation. We find that combining a shape- and texture-feature based model (Active Appearance Model) with a particular form of metric learning, not only achieves the best performance in predicting human similarity judgments on held-out data (both compared to other algorithms and to humans), but also performs better or comparable to alternative approaches in modeling human social trait judgment (e.g. trustworthiness, attractiveness) and affective assessment (e.g. happy, angry, sad). This analysis yields several scientific findings: (1) facial similarity judgments rely on a relative small number of facial features (8-12), (2) race- and gender-informative features play a prominent role in similarity perception, (3) similarity-relevant features alone are insufficient to capture human face representation, in particular some affective features missing from similarity judgments are also necessary for constructing the complete psychological face representation.

Return to previous page