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Segmentation-based retrieval of document images from diverse collections
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Paper Abstract

We describe a methodology for retrieving document images from large extremely diverse collections. First we perform content extraction, that is the location and measurement of regions containing handwriting, machine-printed text, photographs, blank space, etc, in documents represented as bilevel, greylevel, or color images. Recent experiments have shown that even modest per-pixel content classification accuracies can support usefully high recall and precision rates (of, e.g., 80-90%) for retrieval queries within document collections seeking pages that contain a fraction of a certain type of content. When the distribution of content and error rates are uniform across the entire collection, it is possible to derive IR measures from classification measures and vice versa. Our largest experiments to date, consisting of 80 training images totaling over 416 million pixels, are presented to illustrate these conclusions. This data set is more representative than previous experiments, containing a more balanced distribution of content types. Contained in this data set are also images of text obtained from handheld digital cameras and the success of existing methods (with no modification) in classifying these images with are discussed. Initial experiments in discriminating line art from the four classes mentioned above are also described. We also discuss methodological issues that affect both ground-truthing and evaluation measures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6815, Document Recognition and Retrieval XV, 68150L (28 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.767295
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Michael A. Moll, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
Henry S. Baird, Lehigh Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6815:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XV
Berrin A. Yanikoglu; Kathrin Berkner, Editor(s)

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