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Using definite clause grammars to build a global system for analyzing collections of documents
Author(s): Joseph Chazalon; Bertrand Coüasnon
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Paper Abstract

Collections of documents are sets of heterogeneous documents, like a specific ancient book series, having proper structural and semantic properties linking them. A particular collection contains document images with specific physical layouts, like text pages or full-page illustrations, appearing in a specific order. Its contents, like journal articles, may be shared by several pages, not necessary following, producing strong dependencies between pages interpretations. In order to build an analysis system which can bring contextual information from the collection to the appropriate recognition modules for each page, we propose to express the structural and the semantic properties of a collection with a definite clause grammar. This is made possible by representing collections as streams of document images, and by using extensions to the formalism we present here. We are then able to automatically generate a parser dedicated to a collection. Beside allowing structural variations and complex information flows, we also show that this approach enables the design of analysis stages, on a document or a set of documents. The interest of context usage is illustrated with several examples and their appropriate formalization in this framework.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7534, Document Recognition and Retrieval XVII, 75340R (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840436
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Joseph Chazalon, Univ. Européenne de Bretagne (France)
Bertrand Coüasnon, Univ. Européenne de Bretagne (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7534:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XVII
Laurence Likforman-Sulem; Gady Agam, Editor(s)

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