Separate Scene Text Detector for Unseen Scripts is Not All You Need

by   Prateek Keserwani, et al.

Text detection in the wild is a well-known problem that becomes more challenging while handling multiple scripts. In the last decade, some scripts have gained the attention of the research community and achieved good detection performance. However, many scripts are low-resourced for training deep learning-based scene text detectors. It raises a critical question: Is there a need for separate training for new scripts? It is an unexplored query in the field of scene text detection. This paper acknowledges this problem and proposes a solution to detect scripts not present during training. In this work, the analysis has been performed to understand cross-script text detection, i.e., trained on one and tested on another. We found that the identical nature of text annotation (word-level/line-level) is crucial for better cross-script text detection. The different nature of text annotation between scripts degrades cross-script text detection performance. Additionally, for unseen script detection, the proposed solution utilizes vector embedding to map the stroke information of text corresponding to the script category. The proposed method is validated with a well-known multi-lingual scene text dataset under a zero-shot setting. The results show the potential of the proposed method for unseen script detection in natural images.


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