Faculté des sciences

Information Retrieval Strategies for Digitized Handwritten Medieval Documents

Naji, Nada ; Savoy, Jacques

In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 2011, vol. 7097, p. 103-114

This paper describes and evaluates different IR models and search strategies for digitized manuscripts. Written during the thirteenth century, these manuscripts were digitized using an imperfect recognition system with a word error rate of around 6%. Having access to the internal representation during the recognition stage, we were able to produce four automatic transcriptions, each introducing... Plus

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    Summary
    This paper describes and evaluates different IR models and search strategies for digitized manuscripts. Written during the thirteenth century, these manuscripts were digitized using an imperfect recognition system with a word error rate of around 6%. Having access to the internal representation during the recognition stage, we were able to produce four automatic transcriptions, each introducing some form of spelling correction as an attempt to improve the retrieval effectiveness. We evaluated the retrieval effectiveness for each of these versions using three text representations combined with five IR models, three stemming strategies and two query formulations. We employed a manually-transcribed error-free version to define the ground-truth. Based on our experiments, we conclude that taking account of the single best recognition word or all possible top-k recognition alternatives does not provide the best performance. Selecting all possible words each having a log-likelihood close to the best alternative yields the best text surrogate. Within this representation, different retrieval strategies tend to produce similar performance levels.