SGBANet: Semantic GAN and Balanced Attention Network for Arbitrarily Oriented Scene Text Recognition

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)


Scene text recognition is a challenging task due to the complex backgrounds and diverse variations of text instances. In this paper, we propose a novel Semantic GAN and Balanced Attention Network (SGBANet) to recognize the texts in scene images. The proposed method first generates the simple semantic feature using Semantic GAN and then recognizes the scene text with the Balanced Attention Module. The Semantic GAN aims to align the semantic feature distribution between the support domain and target domain. Different from the conventional image-to-image translation methods that perform at the image level, the Semantic GAN performs the generation and discrimination on the semantic level with the Semantic Generator Module (SGM) and Semantic Discriminator Module (SDM). For target images (scene text images), the Semantic Generator Module generates simple semantic features that share the same feature distribution with support images (clear text images). The Semantic Discriminator Module is used to distinguish the semantic features between the support domain and target domain. In addition, a Balanced Attention Module is designed to alleviate the problem of attention drift. The Balanced Attention Module first learns a balancing parameter based on the visual glimpse vector and semantic glimpse vector, and then performs the balancing operation for obtaining a balanced glimpse vector. Experiments on six benchmarks, including regular datasets, i.e., IIIT5K, SVT, ICDAR2013, and irregular datasets, i.e., ICDAR2015, SVTP, CUTE80, validate the effectiveness of our proposed method.

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