Characteristic and necessary minutiae in fingerprints

  title={Characteristic and necessary minutiae in fingerprints},
  author={Johannes Wieditz and Yvo Pokern and Dominic Schuhmacher and Stephan F. Huckemann},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics)},
Fingerprints feature a ridge pattern with moderately varying ridge frequency (RF), following an orientation field (OF), which usually features some singularities. Additionally at some points, called minutiae, ridge lines end or fork and this point pattern is usually used for fingerprint identification and authentication. Whenever the OF features divergent ridge lines (e.g.\ near singularities), a nearly constant RF necessitates the generation of more ridge lines, originating at minutiae. We… Expand

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