A Handwritten Open-vocabulary Arabic Word Recognition System

M.S. Khorsheed (UK)


Arabic OCR, Handwriting, HMM, Viterbi Algorithm


An HMM is implemented to recognise handwritten Arabic words. The global model is composed of multiple left-to right HMMs where each model is trained using samples representing one letter from the alphabet. The skeleton of the words are transformed into a sequence of small line segments. The performance of the proposed method is as sessed using samples extracted from a historical handwirt ten manuscript.

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