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Research Article

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IEEE Access


The handwriting of a person may vary substantially with factors, such as mood, time, space, writing speed, writing medium/tool, writing a topic, and so on. It becomes challenging to perform automated writer verification/identification on a particular set of handwritten patterns (e.g., speedy handwriting) of an individual, especially when the system is trained using a different set of writing patterns (e.g., normal speed) of that same person. However, it would be interesting to experimentally analyze if there exists any implicit characteristic of individuality which is insensitive to high intra-variable handwriting. In this paper, we study some handcrafted features and auto-derived features extracted from intra-variable writing. Here, we work on writer identification/verification from highly intra-variable offline Bengali writing. To this end, we use various models mainly based on handcrafted features with support vector machine and features auto-derived by the convolutional network. For experimentation, we have generated two handwritten databases from two different sets of 100 writers and enlarged the dataset by a data-augmentation technique. We have obtained some interesting results.

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