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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-014-02-0211


Metaclasses and Zoning Mechanism Applied to Handwriting Recognition

Cinthia O.A. Freitas (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná - PUCPR, Brazil)

Luiz S. Oliveira (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná - PUCPR, Brazil)

Simone B. K. Aires (Technological Federal University of Paraná - UTFPR-PG, Brazil)

Flávio Bortolozzi (OPET College, Brazil)

Abstract: The contribution of this paper is twofold. First we investigate the use of the confusion matrices in order to get some insight to better define perceptual zoning for character recognition. The features considered in this work are based on concavities/convexities deficiencies, which are obtained by labelling the background pixels of the input image. Four different perceptual zoning (symmetrical and non-symmetrical) are discussed. Experiments show that this mechanism of zoning could be considered as a reasonable alternative to exhaustive search algorithms. The second contribution is a methodology to define metaclasses for the problem of handwritten character recognition. The proposed approach is based on the disagreement among the characters and it uses Euclidean distance computed between the confusion matrices. Through comprehensive experiments we demonstrate that the use of metaclasses can improve the performance of the system.

Keywords: character recognition, confusion matrix, feature measurement, metaclasses, zoning mechanism

Categories: I.4.7, I.5.2