An Old Greek Handwritten OCR System

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An Old Greek Handwritten OCR System
Recognition of handwritten manuscripts is essential for efficient content exploitation of the valuable Old Greek historical collections. In this paper, we focus on the problem of recognizing Old Greek handwritten manuscripts and propose a novel recognition technique that can be applied to a large number of important historical manuscript collections which are written in lower case letters and originate from St. Catherine’s Mount Sinai Monastery. Based on an open and closed cavity character representation, we propose a novel, segmentation-free, fast and efficient technique for the detection and recognition of characters and character ligatures. First, we detect open and closed cavities that exist in the skeletonized character body. Then, the recognition of a specific character or character ligature is based on the protrusible segments that appear in the topological description of the character skeletons. Experimental results prove the efficiency of the proposed approach.
Kostas Ntzios, Basilios Gatos, Ioannis Pratikakis,
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Kostas Ntzios, Basilios Gatos, Ioannis Pratikakis, Thomas Konidaris, Stavros J. Perantonis
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