Technical Reports - DIT-02-063
Arnold M.W. Smeulders, Marco Aiello
2002, Note: Submitted to: Information Sciences, Elsevier
Keywords: document image analysis, document understanding, spatial reasoning, bidimensional Allen relations, constraint satisfaction: applications
Abstract:We use a propositional language of qualitative rectangle relations to detect the reading order from document images. To this end, we define the notion of a document encoding rule and we analyze possible formalisms to express document encoding rules such as LATEX and SGML. Document encoding rules expressed in the propositional language of rectangles are used to build a reading order detector for document images. In order to achieve robustness and avoid brittleness when applying the system to real life document images, the notion of a thick boundary interpretation for a qualitative relation is introduced. The framework is tested on a collection of heterogeneous document images showing recall rates up to 89%.