Canny Text Detector: Fast and Robust Scene Text Localization Algorithm

Hojin Cho, Myungchul Sung, Bongjin Jun; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016, pp. 3566-3573

Abstract


This paper presents a novel scene text detection algorithm, Canny Text Detector, which takes advantage of the similarity between image edge and text for effective text localization with improved recall rate. As closely related edge pixels construct the structural information of an object, we observe that cohesive characters compose a meaningful word/sentence sharing similar properties such as spatial location, size, color, and stroke width regardless of language. However, prevalent scene text detection approaches have not fully utilized such similarity, but mostly rely on the characters classified with high confidence, leading to low recall rate. By exploiting the similarity, our approach can quickly and robustly localize a variety of texts. Inspired by the original Canny edge detector, our algorithm makes use of double threshold and hysteresis tracking to detect texts of low confidence. Experimental results on public datasets demonstrate that our algorithm outperforms the state-of-the-art scene text detection methods in terms of detection rate.

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@InProceedings{Cho_2016_CVPR,
author = {Cho, Hojin and Sung, Myungchul and Jun, Bongjin},
title = {Canny Text Detector: Fast and Robust Scene Text Localization Algorithm},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2016}
}