Reference Threshold Calculation for Biometric Authentication

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Jyoti Malik 1,* Dhiraj Girdhar 2 Ratna Dahiya 1 G. Sainarayanan 3

1. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India

2. Computer Associates, Bangalore, India

3. HCL Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Chennai, India

* Corresponding author.


Received: 4 Sep. 2013 / Revised: 10 Oct. 2013 / Accepted: 14 Nov. 2013 / Published: 8 Jan. 2014

Index Terms

Reference threshold, authentication, false acceptance rate, false rejection rate


In biometric systems, reference threshold is defined as a value that can decide the authenticity of a person. Authenticity means whether the person is genuine or intruder. The statistical calculation of various values like reference threshold, FAR (False Acceptance Rate), FRR (False Rejection Rate) are required for real-time automated biometric authentication system because the measurement of biometric features are statistical values. In this paper, the need of reference threshold, how reference threshold value is calculated is explained mathematically. Various factors on which reference threshold value depends are discussed. It is also explained that how selection of correct value of reference threshold plays an important role in authentication system. Experimental results describe the selection of reference threshold value for palmprint biometric system.

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Jyoti Malik,Dhiraj Girdhar,Ratna Dahiya,G. Sainarayanan,"Reference Threshold Calculation for Biometric Authentication", IJIGSP, vol.6, no.2, pp.46-53, 2014. DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2014.02.06


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