Special Section on Biometrics: Advances in Security, Usability, and Interoperability

Machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual

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Utpal Garain

Indian Statistical Institute, Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, 203, B.T. Road, Kolkata 700108, India

Swapan K. Parui

Indian Statistical Institute, Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, 203, B.T. Road, Kolkata 700108, India

Thierry Paquet

Université de Rouen, Laboratoire LITIS EA 4108, UFR des Sciences, 76800 Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, France

Laurent Heutte

Université de Rouen, Laboratoire LITIS EA 4108, UFR des Sciences, 76800 Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, France

J. Electron. Imaging. 17(1), 011012 (March 18, 2008). doi:10.1117/1.2891333
History: Received June 18, 2007; Revised October 17, 2007; Accepted November 01, 2007; Published March 18, 2008
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We present a pioneering study on machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual. Analysis of handwriting style forms the core of the proposed method. A general framework is presented for automatic time stamping of handwritten manuscripts. Initially, it is hypothesized that a manuscript can be dated, to a certain level of accuracy, by looking at the way it is written. The hypothesis is then verified with real samples of known dates. Experiments on a database containing manuscripts of Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880), the famous French novelist, reports about 62% accuracy while dating the manuscripts within a range of five calendar years with respect to their exact year of writing.

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Utpal Garain ; Swapan K. Parui ; Thierry Paquet and Laurent Heutte
"Machine dating of manuscripts written by an individual", J. Electron. Imaging. 17(1), 011012 (March 18, 2008). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2891333


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