Mining Historical Documents for Near-Duplicate Figures

Thanawin Rakthanmanon, Qiang Zhu, Eamonn J. Keogh
2011 2011 IEEE 11th International Conference on Data Mining  
The increasing interest in archiving all of humankind's cultural artifacts has resulted in the digitization of millions of books, and soon a significant fraction of the world's books will be online. Most of the data in historical manuscripts is text, but there is also a significant fraction devoted to images. This fact has driven much of the recent increase in interest in query-by-content systems for images. While querying/indexing systems can undoubtedly be useful, we believe that the
more » ... l manuscript domain is finally ripe for true unsupervised discovery of patterns and regularities. To this end, we introduce an efficient and scalable system which can detect approximately repeated occurrences of shape patterns both within and between historical texts. We show that this ability to find repeated shapes allows automatic annotation of manuscripts, and allows users to trace the evolution of ideas. We demonstrate our ideas on datasets of scientific and cultural manuscripts dating back to the fourteenth century.
doi:10.1109/icdm.2011.102 dblp:conf/icdm/RakthanmanonZK11 fatcat:wkwzoiw2rfexzo742jjzulusda