19 January 2009 Segmentation of continuous document flow by a modified backward-forward algorithm
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This paper describes a segmentation method of continuous document flow. A document flow is a list of successive scanned pages, put in a production chain, representing several documents without explicit separation mark between them. To separate the documents for their recognition, it is needed to analyze the content of the successive pages and to point out the limit pages of each document. The method proposed here is similar to the variable horizon models (VHM) or multi-grams used in speech recognition. It consists in maximizing the flow likelihood knowing all the Markov Models of the constituent elements. As the calculation of this likelihood on all the flow is NP-complete, the solution consists in studying them in windows of reduced observations. The first results obtained on homogeneous flows of invoices reaches more than 75% of precision and 90% of recall.
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Th. Meilender, Th. Meilender, A. Belaïd, A. Belaïd, "Segmentation of continuous document flow by a modified backward-forward algorithm", Proc. SPIE 7247, Document Recognition and Retrieval XVI, 724705 (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805646; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.805646


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