An Algorithm for Headline and Column Separation in Bangla Documents

  • Farjana Yeasmin Omee
  • Md. Shiam Shabbir Himel
  • Md. Abu Naser Bikas
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 182)


With the progression of digitization it is very necessary to archive the Bangla newspaper as well as other Bangla documents. The first step of reading Bangla Newspaper is to detect headlines and column from multi column newspaper. But there is no such algorithm developed so far in Bangla OCR that can fully read Bangla Newspaper. In this paper we present an algorithmic approach for multi column & headline detection from Bangla newspaper as well as Bangla magazine. It can separate headlines from news and also can detect columns from multi column. This algorithm works based on empty space between headline- columns, column-column.


Space Width Column Separation Text Block Page Layout Space Height 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farjana Yeasmin Omee
    • 1
  • Md. Shiam Shabbir Himel
    • 1
  • Md. Abu Naser Bikas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringShahjalal University of Science and TechnologySylhetBangladesh

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