Synthesis of Common Arabic Handwritings to Aid Optical Character Recognition Research
AbstractDocument analysis tasks such as pattern recognition, word spotting or segmentation, require comprehensive databases for training and validation. Not only variations in writing style but also the used list of words is of importance in the case that training samples should reflect the input of a specific area of application. However, generation of training samples is expensive in the sense of manpower and time, particularly if complete text pages including complex ground truth are required. This is why there is a lack of such databases, especially for Arabic, the second most popular language. However, Arabic handwriting recognition involves different preprocessing, segmentation and recognition methods. Each requires particular ground truth or samples to enable optimal training and validation, which are often not covered by the currently available databases. To overcome this issue, we propose a system that synthesizes Arabic handwritten words and text pages and generates corresponding detailed ground truth. We use these syntheses to validate a new, segmentation based system that recognizes handwritten Arabic words. We found that a modification of an Active Shape Model based character classifiers—that we proposed earlier—improves the word recognition accuracy. Further improvements are achieved, by using a vocabulary of the 50,000 most common Arabic words for error correction. View Full-Text
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Dinges, L.; Al-Hamadi, A.; Elzobi, M.; El-etriby, S. Synthesis of Common Arabic Handwritings to Aid Optical Character Recognition Research. Sensors 2016, 16, 346.
Dinges L, Al-Hamadi A, Elzobi M, El-etriby S. Synthesis of Common Arabic Handwritings to Aid Optical Character Recognition Research. Sensors. 2016; 16(3):346.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dinges, Laslo; Al-Hamadi, Ayoub; Elzobi, Moftah; El-etriby, Sherif. 2016. "Synthesis of Common Arabic Handwritings to Aid Optical Character Recognition Research." Sensors 16, no. 3: 346.
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