Handwritten Text Recognition on tranScriptorium Datasets: Bentham R0 (HTR Competition 2014)

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Handwritten Text Recogntion on Historical Documents

2017-01-20 (v. 1)

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Joan Andreu Sánchez

Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technologies - Universitat Politècnica de València


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A contest on Handwritten Text Recognition organised in the context of the ICFHR 2014 conference was proposed. Two tracks with increased freedom on the use of training data were proposed. The handwritten images for this contest were drawn from an English data set which was considered in the tranScriptorium project.

The so-called ``Bentham collection'' was considered in tranScriptorium.  It encompassed a large set of manuscripts written by the renowned English philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).  A small subset of this collection has been chosen for this HTR competition. The selected subset has been written by several hands (Bentham himself and his secretaries) and entails significant varibilities and difficulties regarding the quality of text images and writting styles. Training and test data were provided in the form of carefully segmented line images, along with the corresponding transcripts.

Cite this dataset as:

"ICFHR2014 competition on handwritten text recognition on transcriptorium datasets (HTRtS)", Joan Andreu Sánchez, Verónica Romero, Alejandro H Toselli, Enrique Vidal.  International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR), 2014, pp. 785-790



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