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Disambiguation and spelling correction for a neural network based character recognition system
Author(s): John M. Trenkle; Robert C. Vogt
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Paper Abstract

Various approaches have been proposed over the years for using contextual and linguistic information to improve the recognition rates of existing OCR systems. However, there is an intermediate level of information that is currently underutilized for this task: confidence measures derived from the recognition system. This paper describes a high-performance recognition system that utilizes identification of field type coupled with field-level disambiguation and a spell-correction algorithm to significantly improve raw recognition outputs. This paper details the implementation of a high-accuracy machine-print character recognition system based on backpropagation neural networks. The system makes use of neural net confidences at every stage to make decisions and improve overall performance. It employs disambiguation rules and a robust spell-correction algorithm to enhance recognition. These processing techniques have led to substantial improvements of recognition rates in large scale tests on images of postal addresses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2181, Document Recognition, (23 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171120
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Trenkle, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)
Robert C. Vogt, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2181:
Document Recognition
Luc M. Vincent; Theo Pavlidis, Editor(s)

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