First UNIPEN benchmark of on-line handwriting recognizers organized by NIST.

I. Guyon, L. Schomaker, S. Janet, Liberman M., and R. Plamondon.
Technical Report BL0113590-940630-18TM, AT&T Bell Laboratories.

At the initiative of Technical Committee 11 of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the UNIPEN project was started to stimulate research and development in on-line handwriting recognition (e. g. for pen computers and pen communicators). UNIPEN provides a platform of data exchange at the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and is organizing this year a worldwide benchmark under the control of the US National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST). The benchmark is concerned with writer independent recognition of sentences, isolated words and isolated characters of any writing style (handprinted and/or cursive). Although UNIPEN will provide, in the future, data for various alphabets, this particular benchmark is limited to letters and symbols from an English computer keyboard. The data will be donated by the participants.

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