Boosting up Scene Text Detectors with Guided CNN

10 May 2018  ·  Xiaoyu Yue, Zhanghui Kuang, Zhaoyang Zhang, Zhenfang Chen, Pan He, Yu Qiao, Wei zhang ·

Deep CNNs have achieved great success in text detection. Most of existing methods attempt to improve accuracy with sophisticated network design, while paying less attention on speed. In this paper, we propose a general framework for text detection called Guided CNN to achieve the two goals simultaneously. The proposed model consists of one guidance subnetwork, where a guidance mask is learned from the input image itself, and one primary text detector, where every convolution and non-linear operation are conducted only in the guidance mask. On the one hand, the guidance subnetwork filters out non-text regions coarsely, greatly reduces the computation complexity. On the other hand, the primary text detector focuses on distinguishing between text and hard non-text regions and regressing text bounding boxes, achieves a better detection accuracy. A training strategy, called background-aware block-wise random synthesis, is proposed to further boost up the performance. We demonstrate that the proposed Guided CNN is not only effective but also efficient with two state-of-the-art methods, CTPN and EAST, as backbones. On the challenging benchmark ICDAR 2013, it speeds up CTPN by 2.9 times on average, while improving the F-measure by 1.5%. On ICDAR 2015, it speeds up EAST by 2.0 times while improving the F-measure by 1.0%.

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