for Interactive Handwriting Transcription of Multilingual Documents
An effective approach to handwriting transcription of (old) documents is to follow a sequential, line-by-line transcription of the whole document, in which a continuously retrained system interacts with the user. In the case of multilingual documents, however, a minor yet impor- tant issue for this interactive approach is to first identify the language of the current text line image to be transcribed. In this paper, we propose a probabilistic framework and three techniques for this purpose. Empiri- cal results are reported on an entire 764-page multilingual document for which previous empirical tests were limited to its first 180 pages, written only in Spanish.