CMU Face Images

Data Type



This data consists of 640 black and white face images of people taken with varying pose (straight, left, right, up), expression (neutral, happy, sad, angry), eyes (wearing sunglasses or not), and size.


Original Owner and Donor

Tom Mitchell
School of Computer Science 
Carnegie Mellon University
Date Donated: June 24, 1999

Data Characteristics

Each image can be characterized by the pose, expression, eyes, and size. There are 32 images for each person capturing every combination of features.

Shown here are four representative images.

Other Relevant Information

Viewing the face images

To view the images, you can use the program xv.

Data Format

The image data can be found in /faces. This directory contains 20 subdirectories, one for each person, named by userid. Each of these directories contains several different face images of the same person.

You will be interested in the images with the following naming convention:

<userid> <pose> <expression> <eyes> <scale>.pgm

If you've been looking closely in the image directories, you may notice that some images have a .bad suffix rather than the .pgm suffix. As it turns out, 16 of the 640 images taken have glitches due to problems with the camera setup; these are the .bad images. Some people had more glitches than others, but everyone who got ``faced'' should have at least 28 good face images (out of the 32 variations possible, discounting scale).

Past Usage

T. Mitchell. Machine Learning, McGraw Hill, 1997.

Acknowledgements, Copyright Information, and Availability

You may use this material free of charge for any educational purpose, provided attribution is given in any lectures or publications that make use of this material.

References and Further Information

More information and C code for loading the images is available here.

The Face Recognition Home Page

The UCI KDD Archive
Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425
Last modified: June 25, 1999