Document images restoration by a new tensor based diffusion process : Application to the recognition of old printed documents

Drira Fadoua Frank Le Bourgeois 1 Hubert Emptoz 1
1 imagine - Extraction de Caractéristiques et Identification
LIRIS - Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information
Abstract : A modification of the Weickert coherence enhancing diffusion filter is proposed for which new constraints formulated form the Perona-Malik equation are added. The new diffusion filter, driven by local tensors fields, takes benefit from both of these approaches and avoids problems known to affect them. This filter reinforces character discontinuity and eliminates the inherent problem of corner rounding while smoothing. Experiments conducted on degraded document images illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method compared to another anisotropic diffusion approaches. A visual quality improvement is thus achieved on these images. Such improvement leads to a noticeable improvement of the OCR system's accuracy proven through the comparison of OCR recognition rates before and after the diffusion process.
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Drira Fadoua, Frank Le Bourgeois, Hubert Emptoz. Document images restoration by a new tensor based diffusion process : Application to the recognition of old printed documents. International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR'2009), Jul 2009, Barcelone, Spain. pp.321-325, ⟨10.1109/ICDAR.2009.109⟩. ⟨hal-01437709⟩

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