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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual
Author(s): Uptal Garain; S. K. Parui; T. Paquet; L. Heutte
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Paper Abstract

We present a pioneering study on machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual. Analysis of handwriting style forms the core of the proposed method. A general framework is presented for automatic time stamping of handwritten manuscripts. Initially, it is hypothesized that a manuscript can be dated, to a certain level of accuracy, by looking at the way it is written. The hypothesis is then verified with real samples of known dates. Experiments on a database containing manuscripts of Gustave Flaubert (1821– 1880), the famous French novelist, reports about 62% accuracy while dating the manuscripts within a range of five calendar years with respect to their exact year of writing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2008
PDF: 9 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 17(1) 011012 doi: 10.1117/1.2891333
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 17, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Uptal Garain, Indian Statistical Institute (India)
S. K. Parui, Indian Statistical Institute (India)
T. Paquet, Univ. de Rouen (France)
L. Heutte, Univ. de Rouen (France)


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