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An approach based on classifier combination for online handwritten text and non-text classification in Devanagari script

  • Rajib GhoshEmail author
  • Saurav Shanu
  • Sugandha Ranjan
  • Khusboo Kumari


In this article, a method of analysing features of elliptical regions and combining outcomes of classifiers using Dempster–Shafer Theory (DST) is presented to classify online handwritten text and non-text data of any online handwritten document in the most popular Indic script—Devanagari. Although a few works exist in this regard in different non-Indic scripts, to our knowledge, no study is available to classify handwritten text and non-text document in online mode in any Indic script. The present method uses various structural and directional features analysed in elliptical regions to extract feature values from strokes of text and non-text data. The features are then studied separately in classification platforms based on Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Hidden Markov Model (HMM). The probabilistic outcomes of these two classification platforms are then combined using DST to improve the system performance. The efficiency of the present system has been measured on a self-generated dataset and it provides promising result.


Online handwriting text/non-text classification SVM HMM classifier combination DST 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringNational Institute of Technology PatnaPatnaIndia

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