Evolutionary design for face recognition
Evolutionary pursuit (EP)  is a novel and adaptive representation method for image encoding and classification. EP seeks to learn an optimal basis for the dual purpose of data compression and pattern classification. The challenge for EP is to increase the generalization ability of the learning machine as a result of seeking the trade-off between minimizing the empirical risk encountered during training and narrowing the confidence interval for reducing the guaranteed risk during future testing on unseen images. EP implements strategies characteristic of genetic algorithms (GAs) for searching the space of possible solutions to determine the optimal basis. EP starts by projecting the original data into a lower dimensional whitened image space obtained from principal component analysis (PCA). Directed but random rotations of the basis vectors in this space are then searched by GAs where evolution is driven by a fitness function defined in terms of performance accuracy which is again termed as empirical risk for class separation.