End-to-End Text Recognition with Hybrid HMM Maxout Models

Ouais Alsharif, Joelle Pineau

Dec 20, 2013 (modified: Dec 20, 2013) ICLR 2014 workshop submission readers: everyone
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  • Abstract: The problem of detecting and recognizing text in natural scenes has proved to be more challenging than its counterpart in documents, with most of the previous work focusing on a single part of the problem. In this work, we propose new solutions to the character and word recognition problems and then show how to combine these solutions in an end-to-end text-recognition system. We do so by leveraging the recently introduced Maxout networks along with hybrid HMM models that have proven useful for voice recognition. Using these elements, we build a tunable and highly accurate recognition system that beats state-of-the-art results on all the sub-problems for both the ICDAR 2003 and SVT benchmark datasets.