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Cross domain evaluation of text detection models.

Ali-Gombe, Adamu; Elyan, Eyad; Moreno-García, Carlos; Jayne, Chrisina


Adamu Ali-Gombe

Chrisina Jayne


Elias Pimenidis

Plamen Angelov

Christina Jayne

Antonios Papaleonidas

Mehmet Aydin


Text detection is a very common task across a wide range of domains, such as document image analysis, remote identity verification, amongst others. It is also considered an integral component of any text recognition system, where the performance of recognition tasks largely depends on the accuracy of the detection of text components. Various text detection models have been developed in the past decade. However, localizing text characters is still considered as one of the most challenging computer vision tasks within the text recognition task. Typical challenges include illumination, font types and sizes, languages, and many others. Furthermore, detection models are often evaluated using specific datasets without much work on cross-datasets and domain evaluation. In this paper, we present an experimental framework to evaluate the generalization capability of state-of-the-art text detection models across different application domains. Extensive experiments were carried using different established methods: EAST, CRAFT, Tessaract and Ensembles applied to various publicly available datasets. The generalisation performance of the models was evaluated and compared using precision, recall and F1-score. This paper opens a future direction in investigating ensemble models for text detection to improve generalisation.


ALI-GOMBE, A., ELYAN, E., MORENO-GARCÍA, C. and JAYNE, C. 2022. Cross domain evaluation of text detection models. In Pimenidis, E., Angelov, P., Jayne, C., Papaleonidas, A. and Aydin, M. (eds.) Artificial neural networks and machine learning - ICANN 2022: proceedings of the 31st International conference on artificial neural networks (ICANN 2022), 6-9 September 2022, Bristol, UK, part III. Lecture notes in computer science, 13531. Cham: Springer [online], pages 50-61. Available from:

Conference Name 31st International conference on artificial neural networks 2022 (ICANN22)
Conference Location Bristol, UK
Start Date Sep 6, 2022
End Date Sep 9, 2022
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 9, 2022
Publication Date Dec 31, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 10, 2023
Publisher Springer
Pages 50-61
Series Title Lecture notes in computer science
Series Number 13531
Series ISSN 0302-9743; 1611-3349
Book Title Artificial neural networks and machine learning - ICANN 2022
ISBN 9783031159336
Keywords Text detection; Efficient and accurate scene text detector; Character aware region awareness for text detection; Tesseract; Ensembles
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