Towards Boosting the Accuracy of Non-Latin Scene Text Recognition

Sanjana Gunna, Rohit Saluja, C. V. Jawahar

Scene-text recognition is remarkably better in Latin languages than the non-Latin languages due to several factors like multiple fonts, simplistic vocabulary statistics, updated data generation tools, and writing systems. This paper examines the possible reasons for low accuracy by comparing English datasets with non-Latin languages. We compare various features like the size (width and height) of the word images and word length statistics. Over the last decade, generating synthetic datasets with powerful deep learning techniques has tremendously improved scene-text recognition. Several controlled experiments are performed on English, by varying the number of (i) fonts to create the synthetic data and (ii) created word images. We discover that these factors are critical for the scene-text recognition systems. The English synthetic datasets utilize over 1400 fonts while Arabic and other non-Latin datasets utilize less than 100 fonts for data generation. Since some of these languages are a part of different regions, we garner additional fonts through a region-based search to improve the scene-text recognition models in Arabic and Devanagari. We improve the Word Recognition Rates (WRRs) on Arabic MLT-17 and MLT-19 datasets by 24.54% and 2.32% compared to previous works or baselines. We achieve WRR gains of 7.88% and 3.72% for IIIT-ILST and MLT-19 Devanagari datasets.

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