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Skew angle detection of digitized Indian script documents

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2 Author(s)
B. B. Chaudhuri ; Comput. Vision & Pattern Recognition, Indian Stat. Inst., Calcutta, India ; U. Pal

Skew angle detection of scanned documents containing most popular Indian scripts (Devnagari and Bangla) is considered. Most characters in these scripts have horizontal lines at the top, called head lines. The character head lines mostly join one another in a word and the word appears as a single component. In the proposed method the components are at first labeled. The upper envelope of a component is found by columnwise scanning from an imaginary line above the component. Portions of upper envelope satisfying the properties of digital straight line are detected. They are clustered as belonging to single text lines. Estimates from individual clusters are combined to get the skew angle. Apart from accuracy and efficiency, an advantage of the method is that character segmentation and zone detection can be readily done from head line information, which is useful in optical character recognition approaches of these scripts

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IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 2 )