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Structure

The IAM Handwriting Database is hierarchically structured into forms (The name of the files correspond to the naming scheme of the LOB Corpus [5]):
  • data
    • data/ascii - Contains summarized meta information in ascii format.
    • data/forms - Contains form images (example: a01-122.png).
    • data/lines - Contains text lines (example: a01/a01-122/a01-122-02.png).
    • data/sentences - Contains sentences, one for each line (example: a01/a01-122/a01-122-s01-02.png).
    • data/words - Contains words (example: a01/a01-122/a01-122-s01-02.png).
    • data/xml - Contains the meta-infornation in XML format (example: a01-122.xml).

You can look at the images in each directory or download a compressed archive in each top level directory.

Terms of usage

The IAM Handwriting Database is publicly accessible and freely available for non-commercial research purposes. If you are using data from the IAM Handwriting Database, we request you to register, so we are aware of who is using our data. If you are publishing scientific work based on the IAM Handwriting Database, we request you to include a reference to the paper

 

U. Marti and H. Bunke. The IAM-database: An English Sentence Database for Off-line Handwriting Recognition. Int'l Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition, Volume 5, pages 39 - 46, 2002.

 

 
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