I am wanting to be able to "read" hand writing. I have managed to get the hand written characters from papers. I now - to the computer - have just pixels on paper (output is in .pdf format).
I want to have the computer be able to convert the pixels into letters and numbers, then into words that can be read/analyzed by the computer.
My thoughts are to see if there is open source for hand writing character recognition that I can use as a start.
I also read that I would need a large data set of charaters. Is there an open source for this ? Concurrent with this, I read that I could tranform a smaller data set into a larger one by modifying the the initial set. (I read about elastic deformations.)
I am starting to read into convolutional network and need to see where this takes me.
In my readings I came across a theory of using dictionaries as database. The HCR would read the first character then start to narrow down possibilities. I need thoughts on this as I see problems. If the word is "rose", but the HCR mistakenly reads the first letter as an "H", then I'd have "hose" returned.
At this point, all I am looking for are to be able to bounce ideas off people and learn about what has happend in this field. I'd also like links to open source examples and data bases - if any.
Is there a way I can attach my examples to this post ?