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Comparison of HMM and SDTW for Tamil handwritten character recognition

Shashikiran, K and Kunwar, Rituraj and Prasad, KS and Ramakrishnan, AG (2010) Comparison of HMM and SDTW for Tamil handwritten character recognition. In: 2010 International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM), 18-21 July 2010 , Bangalore.

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In this paper, we compare the experimental results for Tamil online handwritten character recognition using HMM and Statistical Dynamic Time Warping (SDTW) as classifiers. HMM was used for a 156-class problem. Different feature sets and values for the HMM states & mixtures were tried and the best combination was found to be 16 states & 14 mixtures, giving an accuracy of 85%. The features used in this combination were retained and a SDTW model with 20 states and single Gaussian was used as classifier. Also, the symbol set was increased to include numerals, punctuation marks and special symbols like $, & and #, taking the number of classes to 188. It was found that, with a small addition to the feature set, this simple SDTW classifier performed on par with the more complicated HMM model, giving an accuracy of 84%. Mixture density estimation computations was reduced by 11 times. The recognition is writer independent, as the dataset used is quite large, with a variety of handwriting styles.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2011 07:57
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2011 07:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/42938

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