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Title Lexicon and hidden Markov model-based optimisation of the recognised Sinhala script
Author Hemakumar Lalith Premaratne and Eric Järpe and Josef Bigun
Year 2006
PublicationType Journal Paper
Journal Pattern Recognition Letters
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Abstract The Brahmi descended Sinhala script is used by 75% of the 18 million population in Sri Lanka. To the best of our knowledge, none of the Brahmi descended scripts used by hundreds of millions of people in South Asia, possess commercial OCR products. In the process of implementation of an OCR system for the printed Sinhala script which is easily adoptable to similar scripts (Premaratne, L., Assabie, Y., Bigun, J., 2004. Recognition of modification-based scripts using direction tensors. In: 4th Indian Conf. on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP2004), pp. 587–592); a segmentation-free recognition method using orientation features has been proposed in (Premaratne, H.L., Bigun, J., 2004. A segmentation-free approach to recognise printed Sinhala script using linear symmetry. Pattern Recognition 37, 2081–2089). Due to the limitations in image analysis techniques the character level accuracy of the results directly produced by the proposed character recognition algorithm saturates at 94%. The false rejections from the recognition algorithm are initially identified only as ‘missing character positions’ or ‘blank characters’. It is necessary to identify suitable substitutes for such ‘missing character positions’ and optimise the accuracy of words to an acceptable level. This paper proposes a novel method that explores the lexicon in association with the hidden Markov models to improve the rate of accuracy of the recognised script. The proposed method could easily be extended with minor changes to other modification-based scripts consisting of confusing characters. The word-level accuracy which was at 81.5% is improved to 88.5% by the proposed optimisation algorithm.