Attribute CNNs for Word Spotting in Handwritten Documents

20 Dec 2017  ·  Sebastian Sudholt, Gernot Fink ·

Word spotting has become a field of strong research interest in document image analysis over the last years. Recently, AttributeSVMs were proposed which predict a binary attribute representation... At their time, this influential method defined the state-of-the-art in segmentation-based word spotting. In this work, we present an approach for learning attribute representations with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). By taking a probabilistic perspective on training CNNs, we derive two different loss functions for binary and real-valued word string embeddings. In addition, we propose two different CNN architectures, specifically designed for word spotting. These architectures are able to be trained in an end-to-end fashion. In a number of experiments, we investigate the influence of different word string embeddings and optimization strategies. We show our Attribute CNNs to achieve state-of-the-art results for segmentation-based word spotting on a large variety of data sets. read more

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