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An Improved Physically-Based Method for Geometric Restoration of Distorted Document Images

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3 Author(s)
Li Zhang ; Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore ; Yu Zhang ; Chew Tan

In document digitization through camera-based systems, simple imaging setups often produce geometric distortions in the resultant 2D images because of the nonplanar geometric shapes of certain documents such as thick bound books, rolled, folded, or crumpled materials, etc. Previous work [1], [2], [3], [4] has demonstrated that arbitrary warped documents can be successfully restored by flattening a 3D scan of the document. These approaches use physically-based or relaxation-based techniques in their flattening process. While this has been demonstrated to be effective in rectifying the image content and improving OCR, these previous approaches have several limitations in terms of speed and stability. In this paper, we propose a distance-based penalty metric to replace the mass- spring model and introduce additional bending resistance and drag forces to improve the efficiency of the existing approaches. The use of Verlet integration and special plane collision handling schemes also help to achieve better stability without sacrificing efficiency. Experiments on various document images captured from books, brochures, and historical documents with arbitrary warpings have demonstrated large improvements over the existing approaches in terms of stability and efficiency.

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 4 )