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An empirical study of statistical language models for contextual post-processing of Chinese script recognition

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2 Author(s)
Yuan-Xiang Li ; Sch. of Comput., National Univ. of Singapore, Singapore ; Tan, C.L.

It is crucial to use statistical language models (LM) to improve the accuracy of Chinese offline script recognition. In this paper, we investigate the influence of several LM on the contextual post-processing performance of Chinese script recognition. We first introduce seven LM, i.e., three conventional LM (character-based bigram, character-based trigram, word-based bigram), two class-based bigram LM and two hybrid bigram LM combining word-based bigrams and class-based bigrams. We then investigate how the LM perplexities are affected by training corpus size, smoothing methods and count cutoffs. Next, we demonstrate the above LM influence on the post-processing performance in terms of recognition accuracy, memory requirement and processing speed. Finally, we give a proposal to select a suitable LM in real recognition tasks.

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Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, 2004. IWFHR-9 2004. Ninth International Workshop on

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26-29 Oct. 2004