Devanagri Handwritten Numeral Recognition using Feature Selection Approach

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Pratibha Singh 1,* Ajay Verma 2 Narendra S. Chaudhari 3

1. Institute of Engineering and Technology, Indore, 452017, India

2. Institute of Engineering and Technology, 452017, India

3. Indian Institute Technology Indore, 452017, India

* Corresponding author.


Received: 22 Feb. 2014 / Revised: 2 Jun. 2014 / Accepted: 26 Aug. 2014 / Published: 8 Nov. 2014

Index Terms

Ensemble, MLP, Feature Selection, MRMR, MI


In this paper novel feature selection approach is used for the recognition of Devanagri handwritten numerals. The numeral images used for the experiments in the study are obtained from standard benchmarking data-set created by CVPR (ISI)Kolkata. The recognition algorithm consists of four basic steps; pre-processing, feature generation, feature subset selection and classification. Features are generated from the boundary of characters, utilizing the direction based histogram of segmented compartment of the character image. The feature selection algorithm is utilizing the concept of information theory and is based on maximum relevance minimum redundancy based objective function. The classification results are obtained for a single neural network based classifier as well as for the committee of Neural Network based classifiers. The paper reports an improvement in recognition result when decision combiner based committee is used along with class related feature selection approach.

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Pratibha Singh, Ajay Verma, Narendra S. Chaudhari, "Devanagri Handwritten Numeral Recognition using Feature Selection Approach", International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications(IJISA), vol.6, no.12, pp.40-47, 2014. DOI:10.5815/ijisa.2014.12.06


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