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Automatic filter selection using image quality assessment

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Automatic filter selection using image quality assessment

De Souza, Andrea Barretto (2003) Automatic filter selection using image quality assessment. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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We present a method for automatically selecting the best filter to treat poorly printed documents using image quality assessment. In order to estimate the quality of the image, we introduce five quality measures: stroke thickness factor, broken character factor, touching character factor, small speckle factor, and white speckle factor. Based on the information provided by the quality measures, a set of rules uses a two-stage decision process to choose the best filter among 4 morphological filters to be applied to an image. Other preprocessing tasks implemented are: skew correction, connected components analysis, and detection of reference lines. Our database contains 736 document images that were divided in three sets: training, validation and testing. Most images have one or more of the following degradations: broken characters, touching characters and salt-and-pepper noise. A training set of 370 images was used to develop the system. Experimental results on the test set of 183 images show a significant improvement in the recognition rate from 73.24% using no filter at all to 93.09% after applying a filter that was automatically selected. The recognition rate refers to the number of characters that were correctly recognized in the image using a commercial OCR. Three commercial OCR's were used to demonstrate the improvement obtained in the recognition rates in the training set.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:De Souza, Andrea Barretto
Pagination:x, 85 leaves : ill., tables ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.Comp.Sc.)
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Suen, Ching Y
ID Code:2329
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:27
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:26
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