A research team at Baidu’s video platform iQiyi has released a new facial recognition dataset named iCartoonFace, Synced Review reports.

The researchers say the anime-based dataset can apply to recognition research, cartoon person modeling, and image classification.

Why it matters: For China’s competitive streaming industry, the use of innovative artificial intelligence applications can prove valuable.

The new dataset demonstrates iQiyi’s efforts to push boundaries in AI research as it looks to improve its animated content offering for users.

Details: iCartoonFace comprises over 68,000 annotated images with 2,639 identities from 739 anime and cartoon albums found online and in iQiyi’s video library.

The researchers also proposed a new “dataset fusion” method to improve performance in cartoon-based facial recognition algorithms.

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