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Issue No. 02 - February (2009 vol. 31)
ISSN: 0162-8828
pp: 193-209
Tal Steinherz , Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv
David Doermann , University of Maryland at College Park, USA, College Park
Ehud Rivlin , Technion, Haifa
Nathan Intrator , Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv
Resolution of different types of loops in handwritten script presents a difficult task and is an important step in many classic word recognition systems, writer modeling, and signature verification. When processing a handwritten script, a great deal of ambiguity occurs when strokes overlap, merge, or intersect. This paper presents a novel loop modeling and contour-based handwriting analysis that improves loop investigation. We show excellent results on various loop resolution scenarios, including axial loop understanding and collapsed loop recovery. We demonstrate our approach for loop investigation on several realistic data sets of static binary images and compare with the ground truth of the genuine online signal.
Handwriting analysis, shape, contours.

T. Steinherz, N. Intrator, D. Doermann and E. Rivlin, "Offline Loop Investigation for Handwriting Analysis," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 31, no. , pp. 193-209, 2008.
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