We present a novel user independent framework for representing and recognizing hand postures used in sign language. We propose a novel hand posture feature, an eigenspace Size Function, which is robust to classifying hand postures independent of the person performing them. An analysis of the discriminatory properties of our proposed eigenspace Size Function shows a significant improvement in performance when compared to the original unmodified Size Function.
We describe our support vector machine based recognition framework which uses a combination of our eigenspace Size Function and Hu moments features to classify different hand postures. Experiments, based on two different hand posture data sets, show that our method is robust at recognizing hand postures independent of the person performing them. Our method also performs well compared to other user independent hand posture recognition systems. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.