Many security and surveillance tasks involve either finding an object in a cluttered
scene or discriminating between like objects. For example, an observer might look for
a person of known height and weight in a crowd, or he might want to positively
identify a specific face. The paper “Modeling target acquisition tasks associated
with security and surveillance” [Appl. Opt. 46, 4209 (2007)] describes a
specific-object model used to predict the probability of accomplishing this type of
task. We describe four facial identification experiments and apply the
specific-object model to predict the results. Facial identification is accurately
predicted by the specific-object model.
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