Computer aided restoration of handwritten character strokes

Barak Sober*, David Levin

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This work suggests a new variational approach to the task of computer aided segmentation and restoration of incomplete characters, residing in a highly noisy document image. We model character strokes as the movement of a pen with a varying radius. Following this model, in order to fit the digital image, a cubic spline representation is being utilized to perform gradient descent steps, while maintaining interpolation at some initial (manually sampled) points. The proposed algorithm was used in the process of restoring approximately 1000 ancient Hebrew characters (dating to ca. 8th–7th century BCE), some of which are presented herein and show that the algorithm yields plausible results when applied on deteriorated documents.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalCAD Computer Aided Design
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Computer aided design
  • First temple period
  • Hebrew ostraca
  • Historical document analysis


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