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2009 10th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (2009)
Barcelona, Spain
July 26, 2009 to July 29, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3725-2
pp: 906-910
ABSTRACT
This paper presents PDF-TREX, an heuristic approach for table recognition and extraction from PDF documents.The heuristics starts from an initial set of basic content elements and aligns and groups them, in bottom-up way by considering only their spatial features, in order to identify tabular arrangements of information. The scope of the approach is to recognize tables contained in PDF documents as a 2-dimensional grid on a Cartesian plane and extract them as a set of cells equipped by 2-dimensional coordinates. Experiments, carried out on a dataset composed of tables contained in documents coming from different domains, shows that the approach is well performing in recognizing table cells.The approach aims at improving PDF document annotation and information extraction by providing an output that can be further processed for understanding table and document contents.
INDEX TERMS
Table Recognition and Extraction, Hierarchical Clustering, Document Analysis, Information Extraction
CITATION

M. Ruffolo and E. Oro, "PDF-TREX: An Approach for Recognizing and Extracting Tables from PDF Documents," 2009 10th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition(ICDAR), Barcelona, Spain, 2009, pp. 906-910.
doi:10.1109/ICDAR.2009.12
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