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Multilingual OCR (MOCR): An Approach to Classify Words to Languages

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2011 by IJCA Journal
Number 1 - Article 1
Year of Publication: 2011
Mohammad Abu Obaida
Md. Jakir Hossain
Momotaz Begum
Md. Shahin Alam

Mohammad Abu Obaida, Md. Jakir Hossain, Momotaz Begum and Md. Shahin Alam. Article: Multilingual OCR (MOCR): An Approach to Classify Words to Languages. International Journal of Computer Applications 32(1):46-53, October 2011. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Mohammad Abu Obaida and Md. Jakir Hossain and Momotaz Begum and Md. Shahin Alam},
	title = {Article: Multilingual OCR (MOCR): An Approach to Classify Words to Languages},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2011},
	volume = {32},
	number = {1},
	pages = {46-53},
	month = {October},
	note = {Full text available}


There are immense efforts to design a complete OCR for most of the world’s leading languages, however, multilingual documents either of handwritten or of printed form. As a united attempt, Unicode based OCRs were studied mostly with some positive outcomes, despite the fact that a large character set slows down the recognition significantly. In this paper, we come out with a method to classify words to a language as the word segmentation is complete. For the purpose, we identified the characteristics of writings of several languages and utilized projecting method combined with some other feature extraction methods. In addition, this paper intends a modified statistical approach to correct the skewness before processing a segmented document. The proposed procedure, evaluated for a collection of both handwritten and printed documents, came with excellent outcomes in assigning words to languages.


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