Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Inderscience Publishers, Volume 44, Number 4, p.284–292 (2012)


connected components, Corner detection, Devanagari word segmentation, handwriting, Hindi, Hough transform, OCR, offline handwritten words, Optical character recognition


Hindi is very popular language after Mandarin and English. Its script is Devanagari. Although major work is reported on OCR techniques for machine printed Devanagari script, very few works are beginning to report on offline handwritten Devanagari OCR. Particularly, very few works have been reported so far on segmentation of Devanagari words. This paper paves a step in that direction and open avenues for researchers in that field. A novel segmentation approach is proposed for segmentation of offline handwritten Devanagari words using techniques of Hough transform and connected components. The difficulties for segmentation in Devanagari script and systematic steps to accommodate those difficulties as much as possible have been presented with elaborate results.

Cite this Research Publication

Dr. Oruganti Venkata Ramana Murthy and Hanmandlu, M., “An approach to offline handwritten Devanagari word segmentation”, International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, vol. 44, pp. 284–292, 2012.