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A structural and relational approach to handwritten word recognition.

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Dept. of Comput. Sci., Melbourne Univ., Parkville, Vic.


In this paper, we present a new off-line word recognition system that is able to recognize unconstrained handwritten words using grey-scale images. This is based on structural and relational information in the handwritten word. We use Gabor filters to extract features from the words, and then use an evidence-based approach for word classification. A solution to the Gabor filter parameter estimation problem is given, enabling the Gabor filter to be automatically tuned to the word image properties. We also developed two new methods for correcting the slope of the handwritten words. Our experiments show that the proposed method achieves good recognition rates compared to standard classification methods.


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