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Author (up) Jose Antonio Rodriguez; Florent Perronnin; Gemma Sanchez; Josep Llados edit  url
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  Title Unsupervised writer adaptation of whole-word HMMs with application to word-spotting Type Journal Article
  Year 2010 Publication Pattern Recognition Letters Abbreviated Journal PRL  
  Volume 31 Issue 8 Pages 742–749  
  Keywords Word-spotting; Handwriting recognition; Writer adaptation; Hidden Markov model; Document analysis  
  Abstract In this paper we propose a novel approach for writer adaptation in a handwritten word-spotting task. The method exploits the fact that the semi-continuous hidden Markov model separates the word model parameters into (i) a codebook of shapes and (ii) a set of word-specific parameters.

Our main contribution is to employ this property to derive writer-specific word models by statistically adapting an initial universal codebook to each document. This process is unsupervised and does not even require the appearance of the keyword(s) in the searched document. Experimental results show an increase in performance when this adaptation technique is applied. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work dealing with adaptation for word-spotting. The preliminary version of this paper obtained an IBM Best Student Paper Award at the 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition.
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  Call Number DAG @ dag @ RPS2010 Serial 1290  
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