R-PHOC: Segmentation-Free Word Spotting using CNN

5 Jul 2017  ·  Suman Ghosh, Ernest Valveny ·

This paper proposes a region based convolutional neural network for segmentation-free word spotting. Our net- work takes as input an image and a set of word candidate bound- ing boxes and embeds all bounding boxes into an embedding space, where word spotting can be casted as a simple nearest neighbour search between the query representation and each of the candidate bounding boxes. We make use of PHOC embedding as it has previously achieved significant success in segmentation- based word spotting. Word candidates are generated using a simple procedure based on grouping connected components using some spatial constraints. Experiments show that R-PHOC which operates on images directly can improve the current state-of- the-art in the standard GW dataset and performs as good as PHOCNET in some cases designed for segmentation based word spotting.

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