A review of ridge counting in dermatoglyphics

Wei Chung Lin, Richard C. Dubes*

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This paper reviews the problem of counting ridges in a digitized fingerprint and examines an interactive software system that relieves the tedium of visual inspection and standardizes the counting procedure. The software system includes digitizer, preprocessor and counter subsystems. The preprocessor smoothes and thresholds the image. The counter defines an appropriate window around the line between two user-selected points, eliminates artifacts and counts runs of zero pixels. A preliminary experiment with a counter based on the Hough transform is also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983


  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Hough transform
  • Image processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Ridge counting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence

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