The paper presents a feature extraction technique for online handwriting recognition. The technique incorporates many characteristics of handwritten characters based on structural, directional and zoning information and combines them to create a single global feature vector. The technique is independent to character size and it can extract features from the raw data without resizing. Using the proposed technique and a Neural Network based classifier, many experiments were conducted on UNIPEN benchmark database. The recognition rates are 98.2% for digits, 91.2% for uppercase and 91.4% for lowercase.
In this paper we propose a fully automated offline handwriting recognition system that incorporates rule based segmentation, contour based feature extraction, neural network validation, a hybrid neural network classifier and a hamming neural network lexicon. The work is based on our earlier promising results in this area using heuristic segmentation and contour based feature extraction. The segmentation is done using many heuristic based set of rules in an iterative manner and finally followed by a neural network validation system. The extraction of feature is performed using both contour and structure based feature extraction algorithm. The classification is performed by a hybrid neural network that incorporates a hybrid combination of evolutionary algorithm and matrix based solution method. Finally a hamming neural network is used as a lexicon. A benchmark dataset from CEDAR has been used for training and testing- Author