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Online Bangla Word Recognition Using Sub-Stroke Level Features and Hidden Markov Models

G. A. Fink, S. Vajda, U. Bhattacharya, Parui S. and B. B. Chaudhuri
Proc. Int. Conf. on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, pages 393-398, Kolkata, India, 2010.

For automatic recognition of Bangla script, only a few studies are reported in the literature, which is in contrast to the role of Bangla as one of the world's major scripts. In this paper we present a new approach to online Bangla handwriting recognition and one of the first to consider cursively written words instead of isolated characters. Our method uses a sub-stroke level feature representation of the script and a writing model based on hidden Markov models. As for the latter an appropriate internal structure is crucial, we investigate different approaches to defining model structures for a highly compositional script like Bangla. In experimental evaluations of a writer independent Bangla word recognition task we show that the use of context-dependent sub-word units achieves quite promising results and significantly outperforms alternatively structured models.