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Off-line cursive handwriting segmentation of isolated words based on contour analysis

Kurniawan, Fajri (2010) Off-line cursive handwriting segmentation of isolated words based on contour analysis. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Computer Science and Information System.

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Cursive handwriting is writing style acquainted by nicely link between adjacent characters. Nowadays, cursive handwriting recognition is widely used in various applications including bank check processing and automatic address reading. The objective of such handwriting recognition is to realize a machine that is able to understand the meaning of cursive handwriting. In the literature, cursive handwriting can be recognized based on character or whole-word recognition. Character-based recognition has advantage over whole-word recognition because the vocabulary can be dynamically defined and adjusted without the need of word training. However, the challenge in cursive handwriting segmentation is how to decompose sequence characters which need to be isolated. In addition, segmentation becomes more problematic in touching and overlapping cases. The aim of this research is to design off-line cursive handwriting segmentation using heuristic approach based on contour analysis along with segmentation point validation and touching character segmentation. Prospective segmentation points are determined by considering minimum number of cutting strokes and vertical projection. Heuristic segmentation determines whether the segmentation points are correct or incorrect. Thus, artificial neural network is adopted to validate each segmentation point. In this regard, the neural network is trained with two segmentation point classes i.e. correct and incorrect segmentation points. Afterward, segmentation based on self-organizing map (SOM) is applied to enhance segmentation accuracy. The experimental results show that neural validation and SOM segmentation have improved the segmentation accuracy. This is proven by the average segmentation error rate achieved which is 2.92% for the proposed segmentation method and 3.76% for the existing method, Enhanced Heuristic Segmentation (EHS).

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Sains Komputer)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2010; Supervisor : Prof. Dr. Dzulkifli Mohamad
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System
ID Code:33702
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:28 Nov 2013 10:48
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 03:53

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