A Comparative Study of Different Feature Extraction Techniques for Offline Malayalam Character Recognition

  • Anitha Mary M. O. Chacko
  • P. M. Dhanya
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 32)


Offline Handwritten Character Recognition of Malayalam scripts have gained remarkable attention in the past few years. The complicated writing style of Malayalam characters with loops and curves make the recognition process highly challenging. This paper presents a comparative study of Malayalam character recognition using 4 different feature sets—Zonal features, Projection histograms, Chain code histograms and Histogram of Oriented Gradients. The performance of these features for isolated Malayalam vowels and 5 consonants are evaluated in this study using feedforward neural networks as classifier. The final recognition results were computed using a 5 fold cross validation scheme. The best recognition accuracy of 94.23 % was obtained in this study using Histogram of Oriented Gradients features.


Offline character recognition Feature extraction Neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringRajagiri School of Engineering and TechnologyKochiIndia

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