Headline Based Text Extraction from Outdoor Images

  • Ranjit Ghoshal
  • Anandarup Roy
  • Tapan Kumar Bhowmik
  • Swapan K. Parui
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6744)


The goal of this article is to design an effective scheme for extraction of Bangla/Devnagari text from outdoor images. We first segment a color image using fuzzy c-means algorithm. In Bangla/Devnagari script, text may be attached/unattached to the headlines. Hence, after segmentation, headlines are detected from each connected components using morphology. Now, the components attached or close to the detected headlines are separated. Further by applying certain shape and position based purification we could distinguish text and non text. Our experiments on a dataset of 100 outdoor images containing Bangla and/or Devnagari text reveals satisfactory performance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjit Ghoshal
    • 1
  • Anandarup Roy
    • 2
  • Tapan Kumar Bhowmik
    • 3
  • Swapan K. Parui
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Thomas’ Collage of Engineering and TechnologyKolkataIndia
  2. 2.CVPR UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Faculty of Mathematics and Natural SciencesUniversity of GroningenNetherlands

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