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Chemical structure recognition: a rule-based approach
Author(s): Noureddin M. Sadawi; Alan P. Sexton; Volker Sorge
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Paper Abstract

In chemical literature much information is given in the form of diagrams depicting molecules. In order to access this information diagrams have to be recognised and translated into a processable format. We present an approach that models the principal recognition steps for molecule diagrams in a strictly rule based system, providing rules to identify the main components - atoms and bonds - as well as to resolve possible ambiguities. The result of the process is a translation into a graph representation that can be used for further processing. We show the effectiveness of our approach by describing its embedding into a full recognition system and present an experimental evaluation that demonstrates how our current implementation outperforms the leading open source system currently available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8297, Document Recognition and Retrieval XIX, 82970E (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912185
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Noureddin M. Sadawi, The Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Alan P. Sexton, The Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Volker Sorge, The Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8297:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XIX
Christian Viard-Gaudin; Richard Zanibbi, Editor(s)

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