Thinning and segmenting handwritten characters by line following

@article{Chouinard1992ThinningAS,
  title={Thinning and segmenting handwritten characters by line following},
  author={Claude Chouinard and R{\'e}jean Plamondon},
  journal={Machine Vision and Applications},
  year={1992},
  volume={5},
  pages={185-197}
}
This article presents a new thinning algorithm particularly well suited to handwriting characters or engineering drawing images. The line following scheme is used with major improvements to reduce the distortion at intersections. The new algorithm uses a thinning window to detect the shape and type of each intersection it is about to thin. This added information allows for a much more accurate thinning process. The algorithm also segments the skeleton into line segments as it is generated… CONTINUE READING
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