Abstract — We propose an object tracking algorithm that learns a set of appearance models for adaptive discriminative object representation. In this paper, object tracking is posed as a binary classification problem in which the correlation of object appearance and class labels from foreground and background is modeled by partial least squares (PLS) analysis, for generating a low-dimensional discriminative feature subspace. As object appearance is temporally correlated and likely to repeat over time, we learn and adapt multiple appearance models with PLS analysis for robust tracking. The proposed algorithm exploits both the ground truth appearance information of the target labeled in the first frame and the image observations obtained online, thereby alleviating the tracking drift problem caused by model update. Experiments on numerous challenging sequences and comparisons to state-of-the-art methods demonstrate favorable performance of the proposed tracking algorithm. Index Terms — Appearance model, object tracking, partial least squares analysis. I
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