Adaptive degraded document image binarization

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Adaptive degraded document image binarization
This paper presents a new adaptive approach for the binarization and enhancement of degraded documents. The proposed method does not require any parameter tuning by the user and can deal with degradations which occur due to shadows, non-uniform illumination, low contrast, large signal-dependent noise, smear and strain. We follow several distinct steps: a pre-processing procedure using a low-pass Wiener filter, a rough estimation of foreground regions, a background surface calculation by interpolating neighboring background intensities, a thresholding by combining the calculated background surface with the original image while incorporating image up-sampling and finally a post-processing step in order to improve the quality of text regions and preserve stroke connectivity. After extensive experiments, our method demonstrated superior performance against four (4) well-known techniques on numerous degraded document images. 2005 Pattern Recognition Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All ...
Basilios Gatos, Ioannis Pratikakis, Stavros J. Per
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where PR
Authors Basilios Gatos, Ioannis Pratikakis, Stavros J. Perantonis
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