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1 April 1998 Analysis and improvement of directional element feature for off-line handwritten Chinese character recognition
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Proceedings Volume 3305, Document Recognition V; (1998)
Event: Photonics West '98 Electronic Imaging, 1998, San Jose, CA, United States
Pat work has shown the directional element feature to be useful for off-line recognition of handwritten Chinese characters. This paper presents refinements to this approach that significantly improve recognition performance. These refinements do the following: 1) assign fuzzy attributes to stroke edge pixels, 2) divide the character image into fuzzy membership cells, 3) smooth saw-toothed edges, 4) enhance information at the boundary of the character image, and 5) enhance horizontal and vertical stroke edges. The first two compensate for variations in stroke position, length inclination and width. Smoothing can correct some aliasing and dropout problems in the character images. The latter two emphasize the more important aspects of a character image. All refinements improve recognition, and when used together, they increase performance by about 10 percent: from 84.15 percent to 94.09 percent on a set of 3,755 Chinese characters. Experiments over all subsets of refinements are included. While not all refinements lead to equal improvement, all are necessary to achieve the highest level of recognition.
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Youbin Chen, Youshou Wu, and J. Ross Beveridge "Analysis and improvement of directional element feature for off-line handwritten Chinese character recognition", Proc. SPIE 3305, Document Recognition V, (1 April 1998);


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