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A new hybrid convolutional neural network and eXtreme gradient boosting classifier for recognizing handwritten Ethiopian characters

Weldegebriel, Halefom, Liu, Han, Haq, Anwar, Bugingo, Emmanuel and Zhang, Defu 2019. A new hybrid convolutional neural network and eXtreme gradient boosting classifier for recognizing handwritten Ethiopian characters. IEEE Access 8 , pp. 17804-17818. 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2960161

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Handwritten character recognition has been profoundly studied for many years in the field of pattern recognition. Due to its vast practical applications and financial implications, handwritten character recognition is still an important research area. In this research, the Handwritten Ethiopian Character Recognition (HECR) dataset has been prepared to train the model. The images in the HECR dataset were organized with more than one color pen RGB main spaces that have been size normalized to 28 × 28 pixels. The dataset is a combination of scripts (Fidel in Ethiopia), numerical representations, punctuations, tonal symbols, combining symbols, and special characters. These scripts have been used to write ancient histories, science, and arts of Ethiopia and Eritrea. In this study, a hybrid model of two super classifiers: Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) and eXtreme Gradient Boosting (XGBoost) is proposed for classification. In this integrated model, CNN works as a trainable automatic feature extractor from the raw images and XGBoost takes the extracted features as an input for recognition and classification. The output error rates of the hybrid model and CNN with a fully connected layer are compared. A 0.4630 and 0.1612 error rates are achieved in classifying the handwritten testing dataset images, respectively. Thus XGBoost as a classifier performs a better result than the traditional fully connected layer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 2169-3536
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 6 December 2019
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 16:28

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