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Context-dependent HMM modeling using tree-based clustering for the recognition of handwritten words
Author(s): Anne-Laure Bianne; Christopher Kermorvant; Laurence Likforman-Sulem
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an HMM-based recognizer for the off-line recognition of handwritten words. Word models are the concatenation of context-dependent character models (trigraphs). The trigraph models we consider are similar to triphone models in speech recognition, where a character adapts its shape according to its adjacent characters. Due to the large number of possible context-dependent models to compute, a top-down clustering is applied on each state position of all models associated with a particular character. This clustering uses decision trees, based on rhetorical questions we designed. Decision trees have the advantage to model untrained trigraphs. Our system is shown to perform better than a baseline context independent system, and reaches an accuracy higher than 74% on the publicly available Rimes database.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7534, Document Recognition and Retrieval XVII, 75340I (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838806
Show Author Affiliations
Anne-Laure Bianne, A2iA SA (France)
Telecom ParisTech/TSI, CNRS, LTCI (France)
Christopher Kermorvant, A2iA SA (France)
Laurence Likforman-Sulem, Telecom ParisTech/TSI, CNRS, LTCI (France)

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

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