Improving Book OCR by Adaptive Language and Image Models


In order to cope with the vast diversity of book content and typefaces, it is important for OCR systems to leverage the strong consistency within a book but adapt to variations across books. In this work, we describe a system that combines two parallel correction paths using document-specific image and language models. Each model adapts to shapes and vocabularies within a book to identify inconsistencies as correction hypotheses, but relies on the other for effective cross-validation. Using the open source Tesseract engine as baseline, results on a large dataset of scanned books demonstrate that word error rates can be reduced by 25% using this approach.