Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR): A Case Study in Ballot Digit Recognition

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ICR is an emerging technology for the recognition of hand writing (i.e. turning images of handwritten characters into machine readable characters). The reliability of ICR is continuously improving.There are many commercial ICR engines available currently and most of them are capable ofrecognizing free hand writing, hand printed digits (or alphanumerics) and check boxes.This paper reports on a feasibility study to determine the accuracy of widely available commercialICR engines for hand printed digits and check box recognition in ballot papers. The studyconcludes that current ICR engines are sufficiently robust and achieve very high levels of accuracy(i.e. 95-99%). However none of the current ICR engines achieved 100% accuracy level. Our researchsuggests that a combination of ICR engines and improved “voting” strategies could increasethe accuracy rate close to 100%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-34
JournalImage Processing and Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2010


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