Improving Offline Handwritten Chinese Character Recognition by Iterative Refinement

Xiao Yang, Dafang He, Zihan Zhou, Daniel Kifer, C. Lee Giles

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Abstract

We present an iterative refinement module that can be applied to the output feature maps of any existing convolutional neural networks in order to further improve classification accuracy. The proposed module, implemented by an attention-based recurrent neural network, can iteratively use its previous predictions to update attention and thereafter refine current predictions. In this way, the model is able to focus on a sub-region of input images to distinguish visually similar characters (see Figure 1 for an example). We evaluate its effectiveness on handwritten Chinese character recognition (HCCR) task and observe significant performance gain. HCCR task is challenging due to large number of classes and small differences between certain characters. To overcome these difficulties, we further propose a novel convolutional architecture that utilizes both low-level visual cues and high-level structural information. Together with the proposed iterative refinement module, our approach achieves an accuracy of 97.37%, outperforming previous methods that use raw images as input on ICDAR-2013 dataset [1].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages5-10
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538635865
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2017
Event14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR 2017 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Nov 9 2017Nov 15 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1520-5363

Other

Other14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR 2017
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period11/9/1711/15/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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    Yang, X., He, D., Zhou, Z., Kifer, D., & Giles, C. L. (2017). Improving Offline Handwritten Chinese Character Recognition by Iterative Refinement. In Proceedings - 14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR 2017 (pp. 5-10). (Proceedings of the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR; Vol. 1). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICDAR.2017.11