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Adaptive color document image binarization for text retrieval
Author(s): Yi Li; Zhiyan Wang; Haizan Zeng
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a decision tree based adaptive binarization method for text retrieval in color document images. This method extends Ni-Black windowed thresholding technique and hue (H), saturation (S) and value (V) are employed. First, an observation window is retrieved, and based on standard deviation of H, S and V, a pre-defined decision tree is used for selecting proper variables that should be employed. Secondly, Karhunen-Loeve Transform (KLT) is used for eliminating correlation and reducing dimension. Finally, center point of the window is classified based on 2-D standard normal distribution. The result shows that our binarization method generates better result than Ni-Black and other global thresholding binarization method such as Otsu’s in color document images. A comparison using a commercial OCR system shows that our method can be used in various situations for high quality text retrieval.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5296, Document Recognition and Retrieval XI, (15 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.522033
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Yi Li, South China Univ. of Technology (China)
Zhiyan Wang, South China Univ. of Technology (China)
Haizan Zeng, South China Univ. of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5296:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XI
Elisa H. Barney Smith; Jianying Hu; James Allan, Editor(s)

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