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Survey: omnifont-printed character recognition
Author(s): Qi Tian; Peng Zhang; Thomas Alexander; Yongmin Kim
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an overview of methods for recognition of omnifont printed Roman alphabet characters with various fonts, sizes and formats (plain, bold, etc.) from OCR system perspectives. First, it summarizes the current needs for optical printed character recognition (OPCR) in general, and then describes its importance for conversion between paper and electronic media. Current status of commercially available software and products for OPCR are briefly reviewed. Analysis indicates that the challenge we face in OPCR is far from being solved, and there is still a great gap between human needs and machine reading capabilities. Second, OPCR systems and algorithms are briefly reviewed and compared from the context of digital document processing for the following four stages: preprocessing of images, segmentation, recognition, and post-processing. Finally, possible research directions to improve the performance of OPCR systems are suggested, such as using an approach based on the combination of template matching and varieties of feature-based algorithms to recognize isolated characters, the use of multilayered architectures for OPCR, and parallel processing- based high-performance architectures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1606, Visual Communications and Image Processing '91: Image Processing, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50345
Show Author Affiliations
Qi Tian, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Peng Zhang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Thomas Alexander, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Yongmin Kim, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1606:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '91: Image Processing
Kou-Hu Tzou; Toshio Koga, Editor(s)

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