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Interactive form recognition for common use
Author(s): Sean Gugler
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Paper Abstract

Rather than follow the trend in form recognition procedures toward more and more sophisticated analysis suitable for archival or enhancement of the form, I have chosen to address the most common use of forms: filling them out immediately. My efforts have focuses on permitting the use of the form electronically as early in the recognition process as possible. The interactive procedure described here yields no delay at all, even on older office and home computers. To achieve this, no preprocessing is performed - all computations are made at the instant an area of the form is selected for use. Furthermore, only the addition of new data is permitted, to be aligned with pre-existing markings, precluding the complex analysis needed to replace the image with a symbolic reproduction. Interactivity is the key to the success of this approach. Performing analyses only on demand eliminates the time the human must wait before he is allowed to use the form, and takes advantage of the human element by dividing the tasks. The human locates the areas of interest - task suited to his pattern-recognizing biological brain - and the computer determines precise alignment within each area - a task more suited to rule- based logical algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3027, Document Recognition IV, (3 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270073
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Sean Gugler, EPSON Palo Alto Lab. (United States)

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

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