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A Bayesian framework for fusing multiple word knowledge models in videotext recognition

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2 Author(s)
DongQuin Zhang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Columbia Univ., New York, NY, USA ; Shih-Fu Chang

Videotext recognition is challenging due to low resolution, diverse fonts/styles, and cluttered background. Past methods enhanced recognition by using multiple frame averaging, image interpolation and lexicon correction, but recognition using multi-modality language models has not been explored. In this paper, we present a formal Bayesian framework for videotext recognition by combining multiple knowledge using mixture models, and describe a learning approach based on Expectation-Maximization (EM). In order to handle unseen words, a back-off smoothing approach derived from the Bayesian model is also presented. We exploited a prototype that fuses the model from closed caption and that from the British National Corpus. The model from closed caption is based on a unique time distance distribution model of videotext words and closed caption words. Our method achieves a significant performance gain, with word recognition rate of 76.8% and character recognition rate of 86.7%. The proposed methods also reduce false videotext detection significantly, with a false alarm rate of 8.2% without substantial loss of recall.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2003. Proceedings. 2003 IEEE Computer Society Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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18-20 June 2003