Comparing Some Distances in Template-based 2D Gesture Recognition

Jean Vanderdonckt, Bruno Dumas, Mauro Cherubini

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Euclidean distance is traditionally used to compare a gesture candidate against gesture templates in two-dimensional gesture recognizers. This paper compares two distances borrowed from other domains of computer science used in template-based two-dimensional gesture recognizers: the Mahalanobis distance, typically used in computer vision and statistics, and the Jaro-Winckler distance, typically used in information retrieval and pattern recognition. Although the geometric interpretation of these distances is less straightforward for designers, there is a significant impact of the Mahalanobis distance on recognition rate, but not for the Jaro-Winkler one.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
PublisherACM Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
ISBN (Print)9781450356213
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018


  • Gesture recognition
  • Gesture recognizer
  • Template-based recognition

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