10.1109/icip.2011.6116200

Robust text detection in natural images with edge-enhanced maximally stable extremal regions

Abstract

Detecting text in natural images is an important prerequisite. In this paper, we propose a novel text detection algorithm, which employs edge-enhanced Maximally Stable Extremal Regions as basic letter candidates. These candidates are then filtered using geometric and stroke width information to exclude non-text objects. Letters are paired to identify text lines, which are subsequently separated into words. We evaluate our system using the ICDAR competition dataset and our mobile document database. The experimental results demonstrate the excellent performance of the proposed method. Index Terms — Text detection, maximally stable extremal regions, connected component analysis 1

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