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Text-image alignment for historical handwritten documents

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Text-image alignment for historical handwritten documents
We describe our work on text-image alignment in context of building a historical document retrieval system. We aim at aligning images of words in handwritten lines with their text transcriptions. The images of handwritten lines are automatically segmented from the scanned pages of historical documents and then manually transcribed. To train automatic routines to detect words in an image of handwritten text, we need a training set - images of words with their transcriptions. We present our results on aligning words from the images of handwritten lines and their corresponding text transcriptions. Alignment based on the longest spaces between portions of handwriting is a baseline. We then show that relative lengths, i.e. proportions of words in their lines, can be used to improve the alignment results considerably. To take into account the relative word length, we define the expressions for the cost function that has to be minimized for aligning text words with their images. We apply rig...
Svitlana Zinger, John Nerbonne, Lambert Schomaker
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Type Journal
Year 2009
Where DRR
Authors Svitlana Zinger, John Nerbonne, Lambert Schomaker
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