We present a pioneering study on machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual. Analysis of handwriting style forms the core of the proposed method. A general framework is presented for automatic time stamping of handwritten manuscripts. Initially, it is hypothesized that a manuscript can be dated, to a certain level of accuracy, by looking at the way it is written. The hypothesis is then verified with real samples of known dates. Experiments on a database containing manuscripts of Gustave Flaubert (1821– 1880), the famous French novelist, reports about 62% accuracy while dating the manuscripts within a range of five calendar years with respect to their exact year of writing.
S. K. Parui,
"Machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual," Journal of Electronic Imaging 17(1), 011012 (1 January 2008). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.2891333