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Duplicate document detection
Author(s): Larry Spitz
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Paper Abstract

In document image filing applications it is important to be able to recognize whether a particular document has already been entered into the system either as an individual document or as an inclusion in another document.Document images could be matched on the basis of layout or contents.However, matching of layout may not be effective when style is strictly controlled. We develop a document 'handle' which is stored along with the document image. The handle is simply a character shape coded representation of the image after the figures and tables have ben removed. Character shape coding is a method of identifying individual character images as members of one of a small number of classes. This process is computationally inexpensive and tolerant of differing generations of photocopying, skew and scanner characteristics. When a new document is entered into the system, its handle is computed and compared against al of the extant handles using a normalized Levenshtein metric. We demonstrate the ability to detect duplicate documents comprising single and multiple pages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3027, Document Recognition IV, (3 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270062
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Larry Spitz, Daimler Benz Research and Technology Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3027:
Document Recognition IV
Luc M. Vincent; Jonathan J. Hull, Editor(s)

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