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Analysis of Different Writing Styles with the Self-Organizing Map

By Vuokko Vuori and Erkki Oja


This work shows how a Self-Organizing Map (SOM) can be applied in the analysis of different handwriting styles. Handwriting styles are represented with vectors whose components reflect the tendencies of the writers to use certain prototypical styles for isolated alphanumeric characters. The study shows that the correlations between different writing styles congruent with prior human knowledge can be found with SOM. It turns out that the SOM can make a distinction between writers with cursive style or a mixture of print and block styles. The former group of subjects forms a clear cluster in a writing-style-space, and in their case, the correlations between the writing styles are very strong and understandable

Year: 2000
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