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Solving the problem of mood detection

Control flow

The classification is based upon a branching flow , with an appropriate test at each node. The emotions are divided into broad categories and further tests are performed to identity each emotion individually. For this, we divided our set of four emotions into good and bad emotions with happy and surprised being the happy moods and sad and angry being the bad moods.

Before any of the tests were performed, the image of the face woudl be cropped to the mouth which is our primary interest. This can be done in one of two ways, either using Matlab's ginput command or the function goodcrop .The highest level test, Test 1 , distinguishes between pictures representing a happy or positive emotion from those representing a bad or negative emotion. Once a mood was detected as either being a happy or a sad mood it would then be tested again to classify it as one of the two moods in each category. The two pictures which are identified as having positive emotions are then sent to Test 2 which distinguishes between an happy and a surprised emotion. The other two pictures are sent to Test 3 which distinguishes between sad and angry.

This method was quite effective as it reduced the total number of tests to be performed to three. Having a single test to correctly detect a emotion was not feasible because it involved setting thresholds which wouldnt hold over a wide variety of test cases and also increase the total number of tests being performed.

Goodcrop : image cropping routine

This function is used to crop the mouth from an image. It is called with the original image and returns the part of the image containing the mouth. It is based on the sobel edge detector. Due to the image specifications, it is safe to assume that the mouth is located in the lower third of the picture. The function makes this basic assumption and does an inital crop to this size. It then perform the edge detection and counts the number of edge points along each row and column. It also does a 11 point smoothing on the row and column summations to negate the effects of the nose being part of the intial crop.

It then chooses the peak correponding to the mouth and the extent of the peak to decide on the location and extent of the mouth vertically and horizontally.

Test 1: good mood or sad mood

This test is used to distinguish between a good mood and a sad mood. It is based on the use of the 2D Gabor wavelet transformation. Use of the 2D Gabor wavelet representation was pioneered by Daugman in the 1980s. A complex-valued 2D Gabor function is a plane wave restricted by a Gaussian envelope.

$(k, x)=\frac{k^{2}}{x^{2}}e^{\frac{-(k^{2}x^{2})}{2^{2}}}(e^{ikx}-e^{-\left(\frac{^{2}}{2}\right)})$

The Gabor wavelet representation allows description of spatial frequency structure in the image while preserving information about spatial relations. The complex amplitude of the transforms is used to test for features. 

Since the Gabar wavelet highlights and extracts features from a facial image, those images with stronger expressions have greater intensity in their transforms relative to those with weaker expressions. As can be seen from Figure 1 the happy and suprised pictures which are on top have relatively higher values when compared to the sad and angry picctures. After taking the 2-norm of each transform, we are able to classify the strongest two as happy or surprised and the weaker two as sad or angry.

Test 2 : happy or surprised

Intuitively, the distinguishing feature between a smile and a surprise is the teeth and a measure of how open the mouth is. While more teeth are visible during a smile, a surprise d emoution has a more open mouth. Because teeth are white (hopefully!) and because white corresponds to a high intensity, we apply a process to determine how much of the mouth is high intensity and consequently, whether the person is smiling or not.

The detector first creates high-contrast versions of our original cropped pictures. It then designates a threshold value that is 95% of the maximum value, which is usually white, and determines the number of such peaks that exist. The image with the greater number is designated"happy", and the other as"surprised".

Test 3 : sad or angry

From the start of our project we had anticipated difficulty in deciphering a sad from angry image since both emotions usually entail a closed mouth. With a closed mouth there was no way for us to compare intensity or even edges, as teeth create in a happy picture. To our advantage early in the project we had consulted with CAAM Professor Dr. Mark Embree, who suggested that we try using a Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) transform to analyze our images.

The equation of SVD:

Where u.v* creates a m*n matrix that is essentially a basis for the matrix A and  is the coefficient relating the matrix A to the corresponding basis matrix. The most remarkable aspect of SVD is that the first few  values and corresponding basis are nearly sufficient to reconstruct an image. For our project the matrix A corresponds to the cropped rectangle of the mouth. To utilize the SVD transform we used MATLABS built in function S=SVD(S) where S corresponds to the vector of the values pertaining to a particular matrix. After A few test cases we quickly realized that the norm of S for a sad image compared to an angry image where roughly greater in magnitude by 1,000-2000, or 10%-20%. This discovery allowed us to take the images that have been passed into this branch of testing and correctly discern the sad image from the angry image by a simple comparison. Here is an image to help visualize the method used for this branch of testing:

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