Script and Language Identification in Degraded and Distorted Document Images

Shijian Lu, Chew Lim Tan

This paper reports a statistical identification technique that differentiates scripts and languages in degraded and distorted document images. We identify scripts and languages through document vectorization, which transforms each document image into an electronic document vector that characterizes the shape and frequency of the contained character and word images. We first identify scripts based on the density and distribution of vertical runs between character strokes and a vertical scan line. Latin-based languages are then differentiated using a set of word shape codes constructed using horizontal word runs and character extremum points. Experimental results show that our method is tolerant to noise, document degradation, and slight document skew and attains an average identification rate over 95%.

Subjects: 19. Vision; 19.1 Perception


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