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<p><b>Abstract</b>—A fast method of handwritten word recognition suitable for real time applications is presented in this paper. Preprocessing, segmentation and feature extraction are implemented using a chain code representation of the word contour. Dynamic matching between characters of a lexicon entry and segment(s) of the input word image is used to rank the lexicon entries in order of best match. Variable duration for each character is defined and used during the matching. Experimental results prove that our approach using the variable duration outperforms the method using fixed duration in terms of both accuracy and speed. Speed of the entire recognition process is about 200 msec on a single SPARC-10 platform and the recognition accuracy is 96.8 percent are achieved for lexicon size of 10, on a database of postal words captured at 212 dpi.</p>
Handwritten word recognition, segmentation algorithm, variable duration, chain code representation, dynamic programming.

V. Govindaraju and G. Kim, "A Lexicon Driven Approach to Handwritten Word Recognition for Real-Time Applications," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 19, no. , pp. 366-379, 1997.
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