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Title: A novel ring radius transform for video character reconstruction
Authors: Shivakumara, P. 
Phan, T.Q. 
Bhowmick, S.
Tan, C.L. 
Pal, U.
Keywords: Gap filling
Ring radius transform
Video character reconstruction
Video document processing
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Shivakumara, P., Phan, T.Q., Bhowmick, S., Tan, C.L., Pal, U. (2013). A novel ring radius transform for video character reconstruction. Pattern Recognition 46 (1) : 131-140. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Character recognition in video is a challenging task because low resolution and complex background of video cause disconnections, loss of information, loss of shapes of the characters etc. In this paper, we introduce a novel ring radius transform (RRT) and the concept of medial pixels on characters with broken contours in the edge domain for reconstruction. For each pixel, the RRT assigns a value which is the distance to the nearest edge pixel. The medial pixels are those which have the maximum radius values in their neighborhood. We demonstrate the application of these concepts in the problem of character reconstruction to improve the character recognition rate in video images. With ring radius transform and medial pixels, our approach exploits the symmetry information between the inner and outer contours of a broken character to reconstruct the gaps. Experimental results and comparison with two existing methods show that the proposed method outperforms the existing methods in terms of measures such as relative error and character recognition rate. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Source Title: Pattern Recognition
ISSN: 00313203
DOI: 10.1016/j.patcog.2012.07.008
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