Text in images contains exact semantic information and the text knowledge can be utilized in many image cognition and understanding applications. The human reading habits can provide the clues of text line structure for text line extraction. In this paper, we propose a novel human reading knowledge inspired text line extraction method based on k-shortest paths global optimization. Firstly, the candidate character extraction is reformulated as Maximal Stable Extremal Region (MSER) algorithm on gray, red, blue, and green channels of the target images, and the extracted MSERs are fed into Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to remove the noise components. Then, the directed graph is built upon the character component nodes with edges inspired by human reading sense. The directed graph can automatically construct the relationship to eliminate the disorder of candidate text components. The text line paths optimization is inspired by the human reading ability in planning of a text line path sequentially. Therefore, the text line extraction problem can be solved using the k-shortest paths optimization algorithm by taking advantage of the human reading sense structure of the directed graph. It can extract the text lines iteratively to avoid the exhaustive searching and obtain global optimized text line number. The proposed method achieves the f-measure of 0.820 and 0.812 on public ICDAR2011 and ICDAR2013 dataset, respectively. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed human reading knowledge inspired text line extraction method in comparison with state-of-the-art methods This paper presents one human reading knowledge inspired text line extraction method, which approves that the human reading knowledge can benefit the text line extraction and image text discovery.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Computer Science Applications
- Cognitive Neuroscience