Now with OpenBR being quite difficult to use and understand, I tried to find other packages which can do similar things. After some browsing on the web, I have decided to use MATLAB to learn face recognition for the following reasons:

  • There are a lot of learning materials developed by Matlab which are available freely. They have webinars, white papers, sample codes.
  • There are codes submitted by 3rd party in their file exchange website (and it’s free).
  • They have toolboxes for image processing, neural networks, etc. Essentially they contain libraries and better user interfaces specifically for the respective fields. It seems like it is easier to learn and visualize with these ‘toolboxes’.
  • While Matlab is still not free, and there are other alternatives like R and Octave. But they offer a 30 day free trial.

The common complain about Matlab is that it is not fast and not for production use. But I guess at this moment this is not something I need to worry about yet.



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