LAL: linguistically aware learning for scene text recognition
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Citation (published version)Y. Zheng, W. Qin, D. Wijaya, M. Betke. 2020. "LAL: Linguistically Aware Learning for Scene Text Recognition." Proceedings of the 28th ACM International Conference on Multimedia. MM '20: The 28th ACM International Conference on Multimedia. https://doi.org/10.1145/3394171.3413913
Scene text recognition is the task of recognizing character sequences in images of natural scenes. The considerable diversity in the appearance of text in a scene image and potentially highly complex backgrounds make text recognition challenging. Previous approaches employ character sequence generators to analyze text regions and, subsequently, compare the candidate character sequences against a language model. In this work, we propose a bimodal framework that simultaneously utilizes visual and linguistic information to enhance recognition performance. Our linguistically aware learning (LAL) method effectively learns visual embeddings using a rectifier, encoder, and attention decoder approach, and linguistic embeddings, using a deep next-character prediction model. We present an innovative way of combining these two embeddings effectively. Our experiments on eight standard benchmarks show that our method outperforms previous methods by large margins, particularly on rotated, foreshortened, and curved text. We show that the bimodal approach has a statistically significant impact. We also contribute a new dataset, and show robust performance when LAL is combined with a text detector in a pipelined text spotting framework.
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