Handwriting Recognition



AI still fails on robust handwritten digit recognition (and how to fix it)

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We learn such a generative model for each digit. Then, when a new input comes along, we check which digit model can best approximate the new input. This procedure is typically called analysis-by-synthesis, because we analyse the content of the image according to the model that can best synthesise it. That's really the key difference: feedforward networks have no way to check their predictions, you have to trust them. Our analysis-by-synthesis model, on the other hand, looks whether certain image features are really present in the input before jumping to a conclusion.


Word Predictor from Handwritten Text – Towards Data Science

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It's been long since I contributed to the community. I am back to give what was due. But before that, let me tell you what I was up to all this time. The highlights of all these months professionally have been two things. One, I spoke at a data science conference in March (Mumbai edition of WiDS).


High school students helped an AI learn to read old handwritten texts

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In Italy, 120 high school students helped solve a centuries-old problem: how to give researchers access to the Vatican Secret Archives, a massive collection of documents detailing the Vatican's activities as far back as the eighth century. That should look pretty great on their college applications. The shelves of the Vatican Secret Archives are about 85 kilometers (53 miles) long and house 35,000 volumes of catalogues. But the documents that researchers have scanned and uploaded take up less than an inch. That's because the Vatican seems to not have wanted to share the information.


Microsoft's digital ink tool makes sense of your chickenscratch

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During its Build conference today, Microsoft introduced Project Ink Analysis, which does exactly what you'd think: Make sense of digital writing. The toolkit both understands words and provides features typically found in text editors, like alignment and bulleting. While Project Ink Analysis is still in its experimental stages, it could obviously help anyone who habitually writes with styluses on digital platforms. It might not garner deep insights into your personality like IBM Watson, but its simple beautification tools can clean up chickenscratch and even translate from 67 languages. It could be plenty useful for all the Surface Pen users out there who want their scrawling handwriting to look just a bit more professional (and legible).


Audi Gets Handwriting Recognition Right in the 2019 A8

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The 2019 Audi A8's handwriting recognition feature lets you find coffee quickly by writing Starbucks on the screen.


Windows 10 digital ink: All the improvements with the Fall Creators Update

PCWorld

Inking and navigating with a digital pen or stylus within Windows 10 will become easier within the Fall Creators Update, for those of you who use a tablet as, you know, a tablet. The improvements include two major elements: navigation, including using the pen or stylus to select and scroll text; and better interpretation of inked words as text, via a more accurate and responsive handwriting panel. Combined, it's a love letter of sorts to Surface and other tablet users who use the pen to input data. It's amazing how well Windows can interpret your chicken-scratch into text that can be edited in Word and elsewhere. General Windows 10 users won't be able to take advantage of the new features until the launch of the Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17.


Computational Eco-Systems for Handwritten Digits Recognition

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Inspired by the importance of diversity in biological system, we built an heterogeneous system that could achieve this goal. Our architecture could be summarized in two basic steps. First, we generate a diverse set of classification hypothesis using both Convolutional Neural Networks, currently the state-of-the-art technique for this task, among with other traditional and innovative machine learning techniques. Then, we optimally combine them through Meta-Nets, a family of recently developed and performing ensemble methods.


A Deep Dive Into MyScript's Interactive Ink Technology

Forbes Technology

When I reviewed Nebo, MyScript's award-winning, ink-to-digital-text app, I wrote that it's a "game changer" that "sets new standards for accurate handwriting recognition". Nebo's superior accuracy rests on MyScript's interactive ink technology. Recently I had the opportunity to ask MyScript's CTO, Pierre-Michel Lallican, how interactive ink works. Interactive ink is a complex system with three primary modules that are shown in the image at the top of this article. The Digital Ink Management module is the interface between the screen and interactive ink's text recognition and management functions.


What OneNote's Math and Replay features say about the spotty state of Windows Ink

PCWorld

One of the most significant features of Windows 10's Anniversary Update was the addition of pen computing, known as Windows Ink, which we criticized as falling short of the average consumer's needs. We don't know whether any new inking features will be announced at Microsoft's Windows event on Wednesday (or the event that follows on November 2). Recently, however, we took a deeper dive into the capabilities, when we tried the new Math and Replay features within Windows 10's OneNote UWP app. Math translates and solves inked equations, while Replay records your series of ink strokes and can play them back. But the devil's in the details, and the challenges of both features show how Windows Ink is struggling with the realities of handwriting recognition and data wrangling.