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Text extraction from graphical document images using sparse representation

Thai V. Hoang 1 Salvatore Tabbone 1
1 QGAR - Querying Graphics through Analysis and Recognition
LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
Abstract : A novel text extraction method from graphical document images is presented in this paper. Graphical document images containing text and graphics components are considered as two-dimensional signals by which text and graphics have different morphological characteristics. The proposed algorithm relies upon a sparse representation framework with two appropriately chosen discriminative overcomplete dictionaries, each one gives sparse representation over one type of signal and non-sparse representation over the other. Separation of text and graphics components is obtained by promoting sparse representation of input images in these two dictionaries. Some heuristic rules are used for grouping text components into text strings in post-processing steps. The proposed method overcomes the problem of touching between text and graphics. Preliminary experiments show some promising results on different types of document.
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Thai V. Hoang, Salvatore Tabbone. Text extraction from graphical document images using sparse representation. International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems - DAS'2010, Jun 2010, Boston, United States. pp.143-150, ⟨10.1145/1815330.1815349⟩. ⟨inria-00494513⟩

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