Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Evangelos A. Yfantis

Number of Pages



Handwriting Recognition is the task of transforming a language that is represented in its spatial form of graphical marks into its symbolic representation. In Offline Handwriting Recognition, there are three steps: preprocessing of the image, segmentation of words into characters and recognition of the characters. In this thesis I implemented two methods for character recognition, which is the most important step in Offline Handwriting Recognition. The heart of character recognition is the features that are extracted from the character image. The accuracy of the classification of the character image depends on the quality of the features extracted from the image. The two methods presented in this thesis use two different types of features. One uses the connectivity features among various segments in a character image, and the other method uses the gradient feature at each pixel to construct the feature vectors. Both these methods are discussed in detail in the following chapters.


Based; Characters; Extraction; Feature; Gradient; Handwritten; Recognition

Controlled Subject

Computer science

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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