Malaysian Journal of Computer Science (ISSN 0127-9084)
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Title:Automatic Line-Level Script Identification From Handwritten Document Images - A Region-Wise Classification Framework For Indian Subcontinent
Auhtor(s): Sk Md Obaidullah,Chayan Halder,K. C. Santosh,Nibaran Das,Kaushik Roy,
Journal:Malaysian Journal of Computer Science (ISSN 0127-9084)
Volume:31, No 1
Keywords:Handwritten script identification, image component fractal dimension, structural feature, directional stroke, interpolation based feature, gabor energy features, classification
Abstract:Script identification is a well-studied problem for automatic processing of document images. Several attempts have been made so far, but it is still far ahead from the complete solution. In this paper, an automatic approach for line-level handwritten script identification (HSI), considering eight official Indic scripts namely: Bangla, Devanagari, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Roman, Telugu, and Urdu is proposed. We consider a 148-dimensional feature vector using: image component fractal dimension, structural and visual appearance, directional stroke, interpolation and Gabor energy based texture features. For classification, we divide the whole script dataset based on different regions of India, to study a region-wise classification performance. Experimentation was carried out using the state-of-the-art classifiers: multilayer perceptron (MLP), support vector machine (SVM), random forest (RF), and fuzzy unordered rule induction algorithm (FURIA). Among all, we found that MLP as the best performer in terms of average accuracy of 98.2%, 99.5%, 99.1%, 99.5%, 99.9%, 98%, 98.9% for eight-script, bi-script, eastern, north, south Indian script groups, scripts with ‘matra’ vs without ‘matra’, and dravidian vs. non-dravidian groups respectively.

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