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How to do cursive character segmentation?

Asked by Spondon
on 3 Apr 2014
Latest activity Commented on by Alina hui
on 9 Feb 2016 at 5:24

I am doing a project on Cursive character recognition, I wanted to know of steps to perform cursive character segmentation.

I will be obliged if someone can help in elucidating the steps of writing the code

I have tried vertical profiling but the threshold has to change according to every image, Is there any other method, or if Vertical profiling is to be pursued, how can I proceed?

Thank you


2 Answers

Answer by Image Analyst
on 3 Apr 2014

I don't know what you're starting with. Do you have a nice binary image already? Or are you not even to that step? I have some code to segment out characters on a varying background if you have that and can't get a good binary image yet.


on 4 Apr 2014

My apologies sir for not being specific, hereby i am attaching the code used so far, it has been based on your previous thread on character segmentation

grid on;
hold on;
grid on;
darkpixels=verticalproj<4; % thsi value has been arrived at by trial
[lableledregions noofregions]= bwlabel(darkpixels);
fprintf('number of regions =%d\n',noofregions);
% 0 where there is background, 1 where there are letters
letterLocations = verticalproj > 0;
% Find Rising and falling edges
d = diff(letterLocations);
startingColumns = find(d>0);
endingColumns = find(d<0);
% Extract each region
for k = 1 : length(startingColumns)
  % Get sub image of just one character...
  subImage = x(:, startingColumns(k):endingColumns(k));

I am getting different subimages based on this but it is not separate characters as expected,

l would like to know how to proceed after this for proper chaarcetr segmentation

It should would be a heck of a lot easier if I had thirteen.bmp.

There are 3 connected components in your image. If you want to get 8, one for each letter, then you'll need to look at the algorithms published and listed here:,%20Document%20Analysis%20and%20Character%20Recognition%20Systems Handwriting, Cursive Script Recognition Systems Cursive Script, Word Level Recognition, Word Spotting, Language Model Cursive Script, Text Line Segmentation, Script Line, Segmentation, Text Line Extraction On-Line Cursive Script Recognition Systems On-Line Signatures, Online Signatures Off Line Signature Analysis 

I do not do handwriting OCR nor have any code for you. I have not read any of the papers on it either. My research has never required that I learn how to do cursive OCR, unlike you. Good luck.

Answer by Spondon
on 4 Apr 2014


Hey....even i am working on the similar project..please help me with the code..

Alina hui
on 9 Feb 2016 at 5:24

Hi! Spondon i am working the similar project, did u find the solution? i mean are you now able to segment the connected characters if yes then please share the code or algorithm with me, thanks in advance

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