Detecting faces in an image with OpenCV

OpenCV (Open Computer Vision) is an open source C++ library for computer vision. It features algorithms for image segmentation, object recognition, augmented reality, face detection, and other computer vision tasks.

In this recipe, we will use OpenCV in Python to detect faces in a picture.

Getting ready

You need OpenCV and the Python wrapper. You can find installation instructions on OpenCV's website, http://docs.opencv.org/trunk/doc/py_tutorials/py_tutorials.html.

On Windows, you can install Chris Gohlke's package, available at www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#opencv.

You also need to download the Family dataset from the book's GitHub repository at https://github.com/ipython-books/cookbook-data.

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