The problem of face tracking can be posed as that of finding an efficient and robust way to combine the independent detections of various facial features with the geometrical dependencies they exhibit in order to arrive at an accurate estimate of facial feature locations in each image of a sequence. With this in mind, it is perhaps worth considering whether geometrical dependencies are at all necessary. In the following figure, the results of detecting the facial features with and without geometrical constraints are shown. These results clearly highlight the benefit of capturing the spatial interdependencies between facial features. The relative performance of these two approaches is typical, whereby relying strictly on the detections ...
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