Feature-preserving thinning algorithm for optical character recognition

Hsin-Chia Fu
1995 Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI)  
Wepropose an improvedthinning algorithm. Basically, the algorithm uses a 3x 3 window to accommodate an eight-neighbor skeleton in each thinning iteration. This algorithm overcomes many thinning problems, such as Y-shaped distortions, spiky skeletons, and skeleton shortening, and thus preseives precise features of digital character patterns. By using this thinning algorithm, better structural features of a character pattern can be provided to an optical character recognition system, such that accurate recognition results can be achieved.
doi:10.1117/12.208652 fatcat:5ymawrov5jfazfikdn53vlptru