Detection of forgery in paintings using supervised learning

Journal Article

This paper examines whether machine learning and image analysis tools can be used to assist art experts in the authentication of unknown or disputed paintings. Recent work on this topic [1] has presented some promising initial results. Our reexamination of some of these recently successful experiments shows that variations in image clarity in the experimental datasets were correlated with authenticity, and may have acted as a confounding factor, artificially improving the results. To determine the extent of this factor's influence on previous results, we provide a new "ground truth" data set in which originals and copies are known and image acquisition conditions are uniform. Multiple previously-successful methods are found ineffective on this new confounding-factor-free dataset, but we demonstrate that supervised machine learning on features derived from Hidden-Markov-Tree-modeling of the paintings' wavelet coefficients has the potential to distinguish copies from originals in the new dataset. ©2009 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Polatkan, G; Jafarpour, S; Brasoveanu, A; Hughes, S; Daubechies, I

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 2921 - 2924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-4880

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/ICIP.2009.5413338

Citation Source

  • Scopus