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November 04, 2003

NEC Software Reads Handwriting

NEC has developed computer software that it says can read handwritten English with a high degree of accuracy. The software reads from left to right, forming a general idea of what is written, then applies patterns of typical usage to check and refine its guess. After further refinement, the company sees the software being used in post offices, where it can be used to sort handwritten addreses. Previous attempts to produce such software attempted to break text down into individual letters, but separating them from "connectors" resulted in frequent errors. (from a story in the Nikkei Business Daily)

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