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Developing efficient handwriting recognition systems that are fast and highly reliable is a challenging problem. This work represents the development of an online handwriting recognition system for Bangla script, widely used in eastern India and Bangladesh. In our approach, an online handwritten character/cluster is characterized by structure or shape based representation of a stroke in which a stroke is represented as a string of shape features. Using this string representation, an unknown stroke is identified by comparing it with a database of strokes using DTW (dynamic time warping) technique. Identifying all the component strokes recognizes a full character. A recognition experiment has been conducted with a total of 495 classes on 20,873 data samples and 10 people as data contributors yielding 97.33% recognition rate with 2.18% misrecognition rate and 0.5% rejection rate.
Date of Conference: 9-11 Dec. 2009