Gradient-angular-features for word-wise video script identification

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Proceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition, 2014, pp. 3098 - 3103
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© 2014 IEEE. Script identification at the word level is challenging because of complex backgrounds and low resolution of video. The presence of graphics and scene text in video makes the problem more challenging. In this paper, we employ gradient angle segmentation on words from video text lines. This paper presents new Gradient-Angular-Features (GAF) for video script identification, namely, Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Tamil. This work enables us to select an appropriate OCR when the frame has words of multi-scripts. We employ gradient directional features for segmenting words from video text lines. For each segmented word, we study the gradient information in effective ways to identify text candidates. The skeleton of the text candidates is analyzed to identify Potential Text Candidates (PTC) by filtering out unwanted text candidates. We propose novel GAF for the PTC to study the structure of the components in the form of cursiveness and softness. The histogram operation on the GAF is performed in different ways to obtain discriminative features. The method is evaluated on 760 words of six scripts having low contrast, complex background, different font sizes, etc. in terms of the classification rate and is compared with an existing method to show the effectiveness of the method. We achieve 88.2% average classification rate.
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