Scene character recognition using coupled spatial learning

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IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems, 2017, E100D (7), pp. 1546 - 1549
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Feature representation, as a key component of scene character recognition, has been widely studied and a number of effective methods have been proposed. In this letter, we propose the novel method named coupled spatial learning (CSL) for scene character representation. Different from the existing methods, the proposed CSL method simultaneously discover the spatial context in both the dictionary learning and coding stages. Concretely, we propose to build the spatial dictionary by preserving the corresponding positions of the codewords. Correspondingly, we introduce the spatial coding strategy which utilizes the spatiality regularization to consider the relationship among features in the Euclidean space. Based on the spatial dictionary and spatial coding, the spatial context can be effectively integrated in the visual representations. We verify our method on two widely used databases (ICDAR2003 and Chars74k), and the experimental results demonstrate that our method achieves competitive results compared with the state-of-the-art methods. In addition, we further validate the proposed CSL method on the Caltech-101 database for image classification task, and the experimental results show the good generalization ability of the proposed CSL.
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