Detecting Oriented Text in Natural Images by Linking Segments

Most state-of-the-art text detection methods are specific to horizontal Latin text and are not fast enough for real-time applications. We introduce Segment Linking (SegLink), an oriented text detection method. The main idea is to decompose text into two locally detectable elements, namely segments and links. A segment is an oriented box covering a part of a word or text line; A link connects two adjacent segments, indicating that they belong to the same word or text line. Both elements are detected densely at multiple scales by an end-to-end trained, fully-convolutional neural network. Final detections are produced by combining segments connected by links. Compared with previous methods, SegLink improves along the dimensions of accuracy, speed, and ease of training. It achieves an f-measure of 75.0% on the standard ICDAR 2015 Incidental (Challenge 4) benchmark, outperforming the previous best by a large margin. It runs at over 20 FPS on 512×512 images. Moreover, without modification, SegLink is able to detect long lines of non-Latin text, such as Chinese.

Paper

2017

Detecting Oriented Text in Natural Images by Linking Segments

Shi, Baoguang; Bai, Xiang; Belongie, Serge

Detecting Oriented Text in Natural Images by Linking Segments

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Honolulu, HI, 2017.

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