Handwritten Document Image Processing
Throughout history, handwriting has been the primary §means of recording information that is persevered §across both time and space. With the coming of the §electronic document era, we are challenged with §making an enormous amount of handwritten documents §available for electronic access. Though many §handwritten documents contain only handwriting, now, §more are mixed with printed text, noise, and §background patterns. Handwriting in a printed §document often indicates corrections, additions, or §other supplemental information that should be §treated differently from the main content. The §mixture of handwriting with other components §presents a great challenge for making an original §document electronically accessible. In this book, we §propose a novel §approach to separating a handwritten document into §different layers, such as handwriting, machine §printed text, noise, and background patterns. The §identified handwriting may be further analyzed. For §example, we propose a novel point-pattern based §handwriting matching technique and apply it for §handwriting synthesis and retrieval.