A Fast Uyghur Text Detector for Complex Background Images

A Fast Uyghur Text Detector for Complex Background Images

Author: Chenggang Yan, Hongtao Xie …
Published: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MULTIMEDIA, VOL. 20, NO. 12, DECEMBER 2018 3389
Abstract: Uyghur text localization in images with complex backgrounds is a challenging yet important task for many applications. Generally, Uyghur characters in images consist of strokes with uniform features, and they are distinct from backgrounds in color, intensity, and texture. Based on these differences, we propose a FASTroke keypoint extractor, which is fast and stroke-specific. Compared with the commonly used MSER detector, FASTroke produces less than twice the amount of components and recognizes at least 10% more characters. While the characters in a line usually have uniform features such as size, color, and stroke width, a component similarity based clustering is presented without component-level classification. It incurs no extra errors by incorporating a component-level classifier while the computing cost is drastically reduced. The experiments show that the proposed method can achieve the best performance on the UICBI-500 benchmark dataset.

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