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—This paper proposes a new approach toward scenery character detection. This is a keypoint-based approach where local features and a saliency map are fully utilized. Local features, such as SIFT and SURF, have been commonly used for computer vision and object pattern recognition problems; however, they have been rarely employed in character recognition and(More)
In this paper, we intensively study the behavior of three part-based methods for handwritten digit recognition. The principle of the proposed methods is to represent a handwritten digit image as a set of parts and recognize the image by aggregating the recognition results of individual parts. Since part-based methods do not rely on the global structure of a(More)
—In this paper we propose a part-based skew estimation method which is more robust to larger varieties of text images, such as camera-captured scene images. Specifically, the skew angle at each local part of the input image is estimated independently by referring the local part of upright character images stored as a database. Then the global skew angle is(More)
SUMMARY To handle the variety of scene characters, we propose a cooperative multiple-hypothesis framework which consists of an image operator set module, an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) module and an integration module. Multiple image operators activated by multiple parameters probe suspected character regions. The OCR module is then applied to each(More)
—In this paper, we propose a structure learning-based scene character detector which is inspired by the observation that characters have their own inherent structures compared with the background. Graphs are extracted from the thinned binary image to represent the topological line structures of scene contents. Then, a graph classifier, namely gBoost(More)
—The goal of this research is to understand the true distribution of character patterns. Advances in computer technology for mass storage and digital processing have paved way to process a massive dataset for various pattern recognition problems. If we can represent and analyze the distribution of a large-scale character pattern set directly and understand(More)
—For scenery character detection, we introduce environmental context, which is modeled by scene components, such as sky and building. Environmental context is expected to regulate the probability of character existence at a specific region in a scenery image. For example, if a region looks like a part of a building, the region has a higher probability than(More)