Patch Aggregator for Scene Text Script Identification

9 Dec 2019  ·  Changxu Cheng, Qiuhui Huang, Xiang Bai, Bin Feng, Wenyu Liu ·

Script identification in the wild is of great importance in a multi-lingual robust-reading system. The scripts deriving from the same language family share a large set of characters, which makes script identification a fine-grained classification problem. Most existing methods make efforts to learn a single representation that combines the local features by making a weighted average or other clustering methods, which may reduce the discriminatory power of some important parts in each script for the interference of redundant features. In this paper, we present a novel module named Patch Aggregator (PA), which learns a more discriminative representation for script identification by taking into account the prediction scores of local patches. Specifically, we design a CNN-based method consisting of a standard CNN classifier and a PA module. Experiments demonstrate that the proposed PA module brings significant performance improvements over the baseline CNN model, achieving the state-of-the-art results on three benchmark datasets for script identification: SIW-13, CVSI 2015 and RRC-MLT 2017.

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