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Restoration of Arbitrarily Warped Historical Document Images Using Flow Lines

M. Rahnemoonfar, A. Antonacopoulos

Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR2011), Beijing, China, September 2011, pp. 905-909

Abstract

Historical documents frequently suffer from arbitrary geometric distortions (warping and folds) due to storage conditions, use and to, some extent, the printing process of the time. In addition, page curl can be prominent due to the scanning technique used. Such distortions adversely affect OCR and print-on-demand quality. Previous approaches to geometric restoration either focus only on the correction of page curl or require supplementary information obtained by additional scanning hardware – not practical for existing scans. This paper presents a new approach to detect and restore arbitrary warping and folds, in addition to page curl. Warped text lines and the smooth deformation between them are precisely modelled as primary and secondary flow lines that are then restored to their original linear shape. Preliminary, but representative, experimental results, in comparison to a leading page curl removal method and an industry-standard commercial system, demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Citation

M. Rahnemoonfar, A. Antonacopoulos , "Restoration of Arbitrarily Warped Historical Document Images Using Flow Lines", Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR2011), Beijing, China, September 2011, pp. 905-909

DOI

10.1109/ICDAR.2011.184

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