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Sign language words annotation assistance using binary action segmentation based on SVM and graphcuts
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes one of the assistance methods for annotation tasks of sign language words using binary action segmentation. The binary action segmentation divides a sign video into binary units, which correspond to during sign and static posture. At this time, the user's annotation tasks can be reduced from the full-manual work to inputting labels and correction of the segmented units. The proposed binary action segmentation is composed of Support Vector Machine and Graphcuts. The trained Support Vector Machine classifies each frame into Motion or Pause, and Graphcuts refines the initial segmentation. We evaluated the proposed method with a Japanese sign language words database. The database includes 92 Japanese sign language words which are signed by ten native signers. The total number of videos is 4,590, and 3,800 videos of 76 words except for recording and sign errors are used for the evaluation. The proposed method achieves comparable result with a smaller amount of training data than the previous method. Moreover, the work reduction ratios of annotation tasks using an annotation interface were 26:17%, 26:34%, and 17:88% for the sets whose the numbers of segmented units were 2, 3, and 4, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11049, International Workshop on Advanced Image Technology (IWAIT) 2019, 110490X (22 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2521108
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Natsuki Takayama, The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)
Hiroki Takahashi, The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11049:
International Workshop on Advanced Image Technology (IWAIT) 2019
Qian Kemao; Kazuya Hayase; Phooi Yee Lau; Wen-Nung Lie; Yung-Lyul Lee; Sanun Srisuk; Lu Yu, Editor(s)

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