AAAI Publications, The Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference

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Novel Curve Signatures and a Combination Method for Thai On-Line Handwriting Character Recognition
Ekawat Chaowicharat, Nick Cercone, Kanlaya Naruedomkul

Last modified: 2013-05-19


There is no commercial character recognition software that supports Thai handwriting. Thai handwritten character recognition is needed to convert handwritten text written on mobile and tablet devices into computer encoded text. We propose a novel method that joins three curve signatures. The first signature is the normalized tangent angle function (TAF), which provides rough classification. The other two novel curve signatures are the relative position matrix (RPM), which is used to compare global curve features, and the straightened tangent angle function (STAF), which is used to compare the tangent angle along the cumulative unsigned curvature domain. In the recognition process, an input curve is extracted for these three signatures and the similarity against each character in the handwriting templates is measured. Then, the similarity scores are weighted and summed for ranking. Our experiment is done on 48 handwriting sample sets (44 Thai consonants appear in each set, and there are 4 sets per handwriting). Our methods yield an accuracy of 94.08% for personal handwriting, and 92.23% for general handwriting.


character recognition, signature combination, relative position matrix,

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