Face Recognition Vendor Test: Demographic Effects

NIST has conducted tests to quantify demographic differences in contemporary face recognition algorithms. This report provides details about the recognition process, notes where demographic effects could occur, details specific performance metrics and analyses, gives empirical results, and recommends research into the mitigation of performance deficiencies.

NIST intends this report to inform discussion and decisions about the accuracy, utility, and limitations of face recognition technologies. Its intended audience includes policy makers, face recognition algorithm developers, systems integrators, and managers of face recognition systems concerned with mitigation of risks implied by demographic differentials.