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ICDAR2013 Competition on Historical Newspaper Layout Analysis – HNLA2013

A. Antonacopoulos, C. Clausner, C. Papadopoulos, S. Pletschacher

Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR2013), Washington DC, USA, August 2013, pp. 1486-1490

Abstract

This paper presents an objective comparative evaluation of layout analysis methods for scanned historical newspapers. It describes the competition (modus operandi, dataset and evaluation methodology) held in the context of ICDAR2013 and the 2nd International Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing (HIP2013), presenting the results of the evaluation of five submitted methods. Two state-of-the-art systems, one commercial and one open-source, are also evaluated for comparison. Two scenarios are reported in this paper, one evaluating the ability of methods to accurately segment regions and the other evaluating the whole pipeline of segmentation and region classification (with a text extraction goal). The results indicate that there is a convergence to a certain methodology with some variations in the approach. However, there is still a considerable need to develop robust methods that deal with the idiosyncrasies of historical newspapers.

Citation

A. Antonacopoulos, C. Clausner, C. Papadopoulos, S. Pletschacher , "ICDAR2013 Competition on Historical Newspaper Layout Analysis – HNLA2013", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR2013), Washington DC, USA, August 2013, pp. 1486-1490

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10.1109/ICDAR.2013.293

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