A Hybrid Handwritten Chinese Address Recognition Approach
Handwritten Chinese Address Recognition describes a difficult yet important pattern recognition task. There are three difficulties in this problem: (1) Handwritten address is often of free styles and of high variations, resulting in inevitable segmentation errors. (2) The number of Chinese characters is large, leading low recognition rate for single Chinese characters. (3) Chinese address is usually irregular, i.e., different persons may write the same address in different formats. In this paper, we propose a comprehensive and hybrid approach for solving all these three difficulties. Aiming to solve (1) and (2), we adopt an enhanced holistic scheme to recognize the whole image of words (defined as a place name) instead of that of single characters. This facilitates the usage of address knowledge and avoids the difficult single character segmentation problem as well. In order to attack (3), we propose a hybrid approach that combines the word-based language model and the holistic word matching scheme. Therefore, it can deal with various irregular address. We provide theoretical justifications, outline the detailed steps, and perform a series of experiments. The experimental results on various real address demonstrate the advantages of our novel approach.
KeywordsWord Recognition Chinese Character Edit Distance Recognition Result Word Image
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