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sklearn.datasets.fetch_lfw_people(data_home=None, funneled=True, resize=0.5, min_faces_per_person=0, color=False, slice_=(slice(70, 195, None), slice(78, 172, None)), download_if_missing=True)

Loader for the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) people dataset

This dataset is a collection of JPEG pictures of famous people collected on the internet, all details are available on the official website:

Each picture is centered on a single face. Each pixel of each channel (color in RGB) is encoded by a float in range 0.0 - 1.0.

The task is called Face Recognition (or Identification): given the picture of a face, find the name of the person given a training set (gallery).


data_home: optional, default: None :

Specify another download and cache folder for the datasets. By default all scikit learn data is stored in ‘~/scikit_learn_data’ subfolders.

funneled: boolean, optional, default: True :

Download and use the funneled variant of the dataset.

resize: float, optional, default 0.5 :

Ratio used to resize the each face picture.

min_faces_per_person: int, optional, default None :

The extracted dataset will only retain pictures of people that have at least min_faces_per_person different pictures.

color: boolean, optional, default False :

Keep the 3 RGB channels instead of averaging them to a single gray level channel. If color is True the shape of the data has one more dimension than than the shape with color = False.

slice_: optional :

Provide a custom 2D slice (height, width) to extract the ‘interesting’ part of the jpeg files and avoid use statistical correlation from the background

download_if_missing: optional, True by default :

If False, raise a IOError if the data is not locally available instead of trying to download the data from the source site.


dataset : dict-like object with the following attributes: : numpy array of shape (13233, 2914)

Each row corresponds to a ravelled face image of original size 62 x 47 pixels.

dataset.images : numpy array of shape (13233, 62, 47)

Each row is a face image corresponding to one of the 5749 people in the dataset. : numpy array of shape (13233,)

Labels associated to each face image. Those labels range from 0-5748 and correspond to the person IDs.

dataset.DESCR : string

Description of the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) dataset.

Examples using sklearn.datasets.fetch_lfw_people