During the last few years, research in recognition of handwritten Chinese and Japanese characters has matured significantly. However, in order to obtain high recognition rate, most character recognition systems have paid an extremely high computational cost. For high-performance character recognition systems, reduction of the expensive computational cost has become a very important goal. Discriminant function is a very important factor for precise pattern recognition. The Mahalanobis distance is considered as an effective function. However, precise calculation of the Mahalanobis distance requires extremely large numbers of training samples. In this article, by investigating the relationship of elements of feature vector, a new discriminant function, the vector-partitioned Mahalanobis distance, is proposed. With the proposed method, high recognition performance can be obtained with less computational cost. Because the proposed method partitions high dimensional feature vector into several small number dimensional vectors, the ratio of the number of training samples to the number of dimensions becomes larger. This method is especially effective in the case of lack of training samples. The effectiveness of the proposed method is shown by experimental results with the database ETL9B.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Systems and Computers in Japan|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Dec|