PRINTED AND HANDWRITTEN ARABIC OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION INITIAL STUDY

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Oct 20, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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PRINTED AND HANDWRITTEN ARABIC OPTICAL CHARACTER
RECOGNITION


INITIAL STUDY



This report summarizes the results of the initial study that the authors have done on
printed and handwritten Arabic character recognition. The objective of this initial study
is
to start serious research on this subject by collecting references, experimenting with some
basic character recognition techniques, developing software tool for facilitating future
experiments, and creating a database of handwritten samples. The major r
esults of this
study are:




Gathering tens of important papers and reports on this subject and creating a
web site that lists hundreds of research references. See Chapters 7 and 9.




Analyzing the characteristics of Arabic writing s
ystem. See Chapter 2.




Conducting a series of projects to experiment with various, basic character
recognition techniques including online and offline recognition, printed and handwritten
character recognition, and traditional and neural netwo
rk techniques. See Chapter 3.




Developing a character recognition tool to facilitate future research in this
subject. See Chapter 3.




Creating a database of handwritten Arabic samples so that future research can
use for experiment
ation. See Chapter 4.




The insights gained from analyzing the characteristics of Arabic writing were
used to select and experiment with one recognition technique, the approximate stroke
sequence string matching. The initial results are summari
zed in Chapter 5. This
experiment utilized our handwritten samples database and resulted in presenting a paper
in the Third International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC
2002), Arabic Language Resources and Evaluation
-

Status and Pro
spects Workshop,
June 2002.




Evaluating an important commercial package for recognizing printed Arabic
text. See Chapter 6.

As a first step in establishing a basis for research in this important field at University of
Jordan, it is felt that t
he background laid by this initial study is now suitable to proceed
into further depth of research to serve the Arabic language.