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Two-Tier Approach for Arabic Offline Handwriting Recognition

Ahmad Abdulkader () 1

Tenth International Workshop on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (2006)

  • 1:  Microsoft Research

  • Microsoft Research United States

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  • Type of document: Peer-reviewed conferences/proceedings
  • Domain:
    Computer Science/Document and Text Processing
    Computer Science/Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Title: Two-Tier Approach for Arabic Offline Handwriting Recognition
  • Abstract: In this paper we present a novel approach for the recognition of offline Arabic handwritten text that is motivated by the Arabic letters' conditional joining rules. A lexicon of Arabic words can be expressed in terms of a new alphabet of PAWs (Part of Arabic Word). PAWs can be expressed in terms of letters. The recognition problem is decomposed into two problems that are solved simultaneously. To find the best matching word for an input image, a Two-Tier Beam search is performed. In Tier one the search is constrained by a letter to PAW lexicon. In Tier two, the search is constrained by a PAW to word lexicon. Directing the searches is a Neural Net based PAW recognizer. Experiments conducted on the standard IFN/ENIT database [7] of handwritten Tunisian town names show word error rates of about 11%. This result is comparable to the results of the commonly used HMM based approaches.
  • ACM Classification:
    I.: Computing Methodologies/I.5: PATTERN RECOGNITION
    I.: Computing Methodologies/I.7: DOCUMENT AND TEXT PROCESSING
  • Full text language: English
  • Publication date: 2006-10-23
  • Audience: not specified
  • Conference title: Tenth International Workshop on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition
  • Conference city: La Baule (France)
  • Conference date: 2006-10-23
  • Organizer: Université de Rennes 1
  • Scientific editor(s): Guy Lorette
  • Commercial editor: Suvisoft
  • Keywords: Offline Arabic handwriting recognition – Neural Networks – IFN/ENIT – Beam Search
  • Comment: http://www.suvisoft.com
  • Contract, financing: Université de Rennes 1

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  • Submitted on: Thursday, 9 November 2006 16:04:56
  • Updated on: Thursday, 9 November 2006 16:52:17