Style transfer matrix learning for writer adaptation

Xu-Yao Zhang, Cheng-Lin Liu
2011 CVPR 2011  
In this paper, we propose a novel framework of style transfer matrix (STM) learning to reduce the writing style variation in handwriting recognition. After writer-specific style transfer learning, the data of different writers is projected onto a style-free space, where a writer independent classifier can yield high accuracy. We combine STM learning with a specific nearest prototype classifier: learning vector quantization (LVQ) with discriminative feature extraction (DFE), where both the
more » ... ypes and the subspace transformation matrix are learned via online discriminative learning. To adapt the basic classifier (trained with writerindependent data) to particular writers, we first propose two supervised models, one based on incremental learning and the other based on supervised STM learning. To overcome the lack of labeled samples for particular writers, we propose an unsupervised model to learn the STM using the self-taught strategy (also known as self-training). Experiments on a large-scale Chinese online handwriting database demonstrate that STM learning can reduce recognition errors significantly, and the unsupervised adaptation model performs even better than the supervised models.
doi:10.1109/cvpr.2011.5995661 dblp:conf/cvpr/ZhangL11 fatcat:iszsvrvan5feba7teb33k3g65e