Text Recognition in the Wild: A Survey

7 May 2020  ·  Xiaoxue Chen, Lianwen Jin, Yuanzhi Zhu, Canjie Luo, Tianwei Wang ·

The history of text can be traced back over thousands of years. Rich and precise semantic information carried by text is important in a wide range of vision-based application scenarios. Therefore, text recognition in natural scenes has been an active research field in computer vision and pattern recognition. In recent years, with the rise and development of deep learning, numerous methods have shown promising in terms of innovation, practicality, and efficiency. This paper aims to (1) summarize the fundamental problems and the state-of-the-art associated with scene text recognition; (2) introduce new insights and ideas; (3) provide a comprehensive review of publicly available resources; (4) point out directions for future work. In summary, this literature review attempts to present the entire picture of the field of scene text recognition. It provides a comprehensive reference for people entering this field, and could be helpful to inspire future research. Related resources are available at our Github repository: https://github.com/HCIILAB/Scene-Text-Recognition.

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