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Identification of script in multi-lingual documents is essential for many language dependent applications such as machine translation and optical character recognition. Techniques for script identification generally require large areas for operation so that sufficient information is available. Such assumption is nullified in Indian contexts, as there is an interspersion of words of two different scripts in most documents. In this paper, techniques to identify the script of a word are discussed. Two different approaches have been proposed and tested. The first method structures words into 3 distinct spatial zones and utilises the information on the spatial spread of a word in upper and lower zones, together with the character density, in order to identify the script. The second technique analyzes the directional energy distribution of a word using Gabor filters with suitable frequencies and orientations. Words with various font styles and sizes have been used for the testing of the proposed algorithms and the results obtained are quite encouraging.

Added on September 23, 2014


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  • Product Type : Research Paper
  • License Type : Freeware
  • System Requirement : Not Applicable
  • Author : D. Dhanya , A. G. Ramakrishnan
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