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High performance Chinese OCR based on Gabor features, discriminative feature extraction and model training

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3 Author(s)
Qiang Huo ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Inf. Syst., Hong Kong Univ., China ; Ge, Yong ; Feng, Zhi-Dan

We have developed a Chinese OCR engine for machine printed documents. Currently, our OCR engine can support a vocabulary of 6921 characters which include 6707 simplified Chinese characters in GB2312-80, 12 frequently used GBK Chinese characters, 62 alphanumeric characters, 140 punctuation marks and symbols. The supported font styles include Song, Fang Song, Kat, He, Yuan, LiShu, WeiBei, XingKai, etc. The averaged character recognition accuracy is above 99% for newspaper quality documents with a recognition speed of about 250 characters per second on a Pentium III-450 MHz PC yet only consuming less than 2 MB memory. We describe the key technologies we used to construct the above recognizer. Among them, we highlight three key techniques contributing to the high recognition accuracy, namely the use of Gabor features, the use of discriminative feature extraction, and the use of minimum classification error as a criterion for model training

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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2001. Proceedings. (ICASSP '01). 2001 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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