Using Neural Networks for OCR

Optical character recognition OCR software
Character recognition , Neural networks , Optical character recognition

Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used as a form of data entry from some sort of original paper data source, whether documents, sales receipts, mail, or any number of printed records. It is a common method of digitizing printed texts so that they can be electronically searched, stored more compactly, displayed on-line, and used in machine processes such as machine translation, text-to-speech and text mining. OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and computer vision.

Early versions needed to be programmed with images of each character, and worked on one font at a time. "Intelligent" systems with a high degree of recognition accuracy for most fonts are now common. Some systems are capable of reproducing formatted output that closely approximates the original scanned page including images, columns and other non-textual components.Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Importance of OCR to the blind
3 OCR software
4 Current state of OCR technology
5 See also
6 References
7 External links


Early optical character recognition could be traced to activity around two issues: expanding telegraphy and creating reading devices for the blind.[1] In 1914, Emanuel Goldberg developed a machine that read characters and converted them into standard telegraph code.[citation needed] Around the same time, Edmund Fournier d’Albe developed the Optophone, a handheld scanner that when moved across a printed page, produced tones that corresponded to specific letters or characters.


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