Handwritten digit recognition by combining support vector machines using rule-based reasoning

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Gorgevik D., Cakmakov D., Radevski V.

23rd International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces (ITI 2001), Pula, Croatia, 19 - 22 June 2001, pp.139-144 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/iti.2001.938010
  • City: Pula
  • Country: Croatia
  • Page Numbers: pp.139-144


The idea of combining classifiers in order to compensate their individual weakness and to preserve their individual strength has been widely used in recent pattern recognition applications. In this paper, the cooperation of two feature families for handwritten digit recognition using SVM (Support Vector Machine) classifiers will be examined. We investigate the advantages and weaknesses of various decision fusion schemes using rule-based reasoning. The obtained results show that it is difficult to exceed the recognition rate of the classifier applied straightforwardly on the feature families as one set. However, the rule-based cooperation schemes enable an easy and efficient implementation of various rejection criteria that leads to high reliability recognition systems.