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Segmentation of Overlapped Handwritten Arabic Sub-Words

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IJCA Proceedings on National conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing
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DISP 2015 - Number 2
Year of Publication: 2015
Authors:
Hashem Ghaleb
P. Nagabhushan
Umapada Pal

Hashem Ghaleb, P Nagabhushan and Umapada Pal. Article: Segmentation of Overlapped Handwritten Arabic Sub-Words. IJCA Proceedings on National conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing DISP 2015(2):24-29, April 2015. Full text available. BibTeX

@article{key:article,
	author = {Hashem Ghaleb and P. Nagabhushan and Umapada Pal},
	title = {Article: Segmentation of Overlapped Handwritten Arabic Sub-Words},
	journal = {IJCA Proceedings on National conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing},
	year = {2015},
	volume = {DISP 2015},
	number = {2},
	pages = {24-29},
	month = {April},
	note = {Full text available}
}

Abstract

Arabic script is cursive in both handwritten and printed form. Segmentation of Arabic script- especially handwritten- is a very challenging task. Many difficulties arise due to the inherent characteristics of Arabic writing such as the overlapping of Arabic sub-words wherein the sub-words share the same vertical space, and vertical ligatures wherein characters are stacked upon each other in a word. In this paper, an algorithm to resolve the overlapping of handwritten Arabic sub-words is introduced. The proposed algorithm is based on pushing strategy; sub-words are pushed in order to obtain a clear vertical cut separating the sub-words. The proposed algorithm was tested using handwritten text selected from four different datasets and the results are quite promising.

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