Issue No. 02 - February (1995 vol. 17)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/34.368165
<p><it>Abstract</it>—Optical character recognition (OCR) refers to a process whereby printed documents are transformed into ASCII files for the purpose of compact storage, editing, fast retrieval, and other file manipulations through the use of a computer. The recognition stage of an OCR process is made difficult by added noise, image distortion, and the various character typefaces, sizes, and fonts that a document may have. In this study a neural network approach is introduced to perform high accuracy recognition on multi-size and multi-font characters; a novel centroid-dithering training process with a low noise-sensitivity normalization procedure is used to achieve high accuracy results. The study consists of two parts. The first part focuses on single size and single font characters, and a two-layered neural network is trained to recognize the full set of 94 ASCII character images in 12-pt Courier font. The second part trades accuracy for additional font and size capability, and a larger two-layered neural network is trained to recognize the full set of 94 ASCII character images for all point sizes from 8 to 32 and for 12 commonly used fonts. The performance of these two networks is evaluated based on a database of more than one million character images from the testing data set.</p>
Pattern recognition, optical character recognition, neural networks.
H. I. Avi-Itzhak, T. A. Diep and H. Garland, "High Accuracy Optical Character Recognition Using Neural Networks with Centroid Dithering," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 17, no. , pp. 218-224, 1995.