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Document image improvment for OCR as a classification problem
Author(s): Kristen M. Summers
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Paper Abstract

In support of the goal of automatically selecting methods of enhancing an image to improve the accuracy of OCR on that image, we consider the problem of determining whether to apply each of a set of methods as a supervised classification problem for machine learning. We characterize each image according to a combination of two sets of measures: a set that are intended to reflect the degree of particular types of noise present in documents in a single font of Roman or similar script and a more general set based on connected component statistics. We consider several potential methods of image improvement, each of which constitutes its own 2-class classification problem, according to whether transforming the image with this method improves the accuracy of OCR. In our experiments, the results varied for the different image transformation methods, but the system made the correct choice in 77% of the cases in which the decision affected the OCR score (in the range [0,1]) by at least .01, and it made the correct choice 64% of the time overall.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 January 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5010, Document Recognition and Retrieval X, (13 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476023
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Kristen M. Summers, Vredenburg (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5010:
Document Recognition and Retrieval X
Tapas Kanungo; Elisa H. Barney Smith; Jianying Hu; Paul B. Kantor, Editor(s)

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