Recognition of handwritten digits using structural information

S. Behnke, M. Pfister, R. Rojas
Proceedings of International Conference on Neural Networks (ICNN'97)  
This article presents an off-line method for recognizing handwritten digits. Structural information and quantitative features are extracted from images of isolated numerals to be classified by a hybrid multi-stage recognition system. Feature extraction starts with the raw pixel-image and derives more structured representations like line-drawings and attributed structural graphs. Classification is done in two steps: a) the structural graph is matched to prototypes, b) for each prototype there is
more » ... prototype there is a neural classifier which has been trained to distinguish digits represented by the same graph-structure. The performance of the described system is evaluated on two large databases (provided by SIEMENS AG and NIST) and is compared to other systems. Finally, the combination of the described system and a TDNN classifier is discussed. The experimental results indicate that there is an advantage in using structural information to enhance an unstructured neural classifier.
doi:10.1109/icnn.1997.613997 dblp:conf/icnn/BehnkePR97 fatcat:o2rlgav2mbdynjbbvl4vmleete