Binarization of First Temple Period inscriptions - Performance of existing algorithms and a new registration based scheme

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Abstract

The discipline of First Temple Period epigraphy (the study of writing) relies heavily on manually-drawn facsimiles (black and white images) of ancient inscriptions. This practice may unintentionally mix up documentation and interpretation. As an alternative, this article surveys the performance of several existing binarization techniques. The quality of their results is found to be inadequate for our purpose. A new method for automatically creating a facsimile is then suggested. The technique is based on a connected-component oriented elastic registration of an already existing imperfect facsimile to the inscription image. Some empirical results, supporting the methodology, are presented. The procedure is also relevant to the creation of facsimiles for other types of inscriptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, ICFHR 2012
Pages645-650
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, ICFHR 2012 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 18 Sep 201220 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Workshop on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, IWFHR
ISSN (Print)1550-5235

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, ICFHR 2012
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBari
Period18/09/1220/09/12

Keywords

  • Binarization
  • CMI
  • Elastic registration
  • Epigraphy
  • Facsimile
  • First Temple Period
  • Iron age
  • Ostracon

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