Key words:Offline recognition – Cursive script recognition – Perception – Reading model – Activation
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract. This paper presents a model for reading cursive scripts which has an architecture inspired by the behavior of human reading and perceptual concepts. The scope of this study is limited to offline recognition of isolated cursive words. First, this paper describes McClelland and Rumelhart's reading model, which formed the basis of the system. The method's behavior is presented, followed by the main original contributions of our model which are: the development of a new technique for baseline extraction, an architecture based on the chosen reading model (hierarchical, parallel, with local representation and interactive activation mechanism), the use of significant perceptual features in word recognition such as ascenders and descenders, the creation of a fuzzy position concept dealing with the uncertainty of the location of features and letters, and the adaptability of the model to words of different lengths and languages. After a description of our model, new results are presented.
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