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|Author(s):||R. A. Hicklin; Craig I. Watson; Brad Ulery;|
|Title:||The Myth of the Goats: How Many People Have Fingerprints that are Hard to Match?|
|Published:||September 13, 2005|
|Abstract:||The proportion of people who have fingerprints that are particularly hard to match (also known as "Goats") is a topic of great interest in biometrics, especially for those involved in the design, development, or evaluation of fingerprint-based identification or verification systems. There have been a variety of statements made in the recent past that a small percentage of people (usually 2 %) cannot be fingerprinted due to poor quality fingers. This study shows these statements are based on misconceptions: the fact that some small percentage of fingerprints may be hard to match does not mean that a corresponding percentage of people are hard to match.|
|Citation:||NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7271|
|Keywords:||fingerprints, goats, quality, verification, hard to match|
|PDF version:||Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (892KB)|