We introduce a new Dataset (BN-HTRd) for offline Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) from images of Bangla scripts comprising words, lines, and document-level annotations. The BN-HTRd dataset is based on the BBC Bangla News corpus - which acted as ground truth texts for the handwritings. Our dataset contains a total of 786 full-page images collected from 150 different writers. With a staggering 1,08,181 instances of handwritten words, distributed over 14,383 lines and 23,115 unique words, this is currently the 'largest and most comprehensive dataset' in this field. We also provided the bounding box annotations (YOLO format) for the segmentation of words/lines and the ground truth annotations for full-text, along with the segmented images and their positions. The contents of our dataset came from a diverse news category, and annotators of different ages, genders, and backgrounds, having variability in writing styles. The BN-HTRd dataset can be adopted as a basis for various handwriting classification tasks such as end-to-end document recognition, word-spotting, word/line segmentation, and so on.
The statistics of the original dataset are given below:
From v3.0 onwards, we are also providing automatic bounding box annotations (YOLO format) of 805 document images containing words/lines. The statistics of the automatic annotations are given below: