Title : Application of image retrieval for aesthetic evaluation and improvement suggestion of isolated Bangla handwritten characters

Authors : Mithun Biswas, Rafiqul Islam, Gautam Kumar Shom, Nabeel Mohammed,Sifat Momen, Nafees Mansoor, Anowarul Abedin

Abstract : Bangla is one of the most widely used languages worldwide. This paper presents an application of image retrieval techniques to automatically judge the aesthetic quality of handwritten Bangla isolated characters. Retrieval techniques are also adapted to give improvement suggestions, with a plan to incorporate the methods in applications which can assist in learning/teaching handwriting. The proposed method borrows key concepts from content-based image retrieval. Our method was tested on the BanglaLekha-Isolated data set, which contains images of 84 Bangla characters, with nearly 2000 samples per character. The data set contains evaluation of the aesthetic quality of the handwriting judged on a scale of 1-5. For this work, the dataset was partitioned into a test set of 400 images and a database-set of ? 1600 images, per Bangla character. Assuming that a scoring difference of 1 is acceptable, the proposed method achieves an accuracy of 77.39% when using features extracted by a convolutional neural network based autoencoder. Experiments were also done with the popular HOG feature. However, the autoencoder-based results showed clear superiority compared the HOG-based results. Our proposed method for improvement suggestions also shows that it is possible to shows samples from the dataset which will help users improve their handwriting while requiring small changes to their own handwriting.

Journal : Volume : Year : 2017 Issue :
Pages : 149-154 City : Kuching, Malaysia Edition : Editors :
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Proceeding Title : 2017 IEEE International Conference on Signal and Image Processing Applications (ICSIPA) Institution : Issuer : Number :