Skip to comments.Predict if a handwritten document has been produced by a male or a female writer ($1,000 prize)
Posted on 03/17/2013 5:05:05 PM PDT by Flightdeck
The prediction of gender from handwriting is a very interesting research field. It has many applications including the forensic application where it can help investigators focusing more on a certain category of suspects.
There are a few studies regarding the automatic detection of the gender of a handwritten document [1-3].
The aim of this competition is to attract the interest of the document analysis community to this research area and to measure the performance of recent advances in this field.
The dataset used in this study has been described in this paper .
A total of 475 writers produced 4 handwritten documents: the first page contains an Arabic handwritten text which varies from one writer to another. the second page contains an Arabic handwritten text which is the same for all the writers. the third page contains an English handwritten text which varies from one writer to another. and the fourth page contains an English handwritten text which is the same for all the writers.
The training set consists of the first 282 writers for which the genders are provided.
Participants are asked to predict the gender of the remaining 193 writers.
For participants who are not familiar with digital image-processing, a set of features extracted from all the images will be provided. Those features are similiar to that of the previous 2011 and 2012 Arabic Writer Identification Contests. Those features are described in .
This competition is organized in the scope of the Twelfth International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition ICDAR2013 that will be held in Washington, DC.
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 Liwicki, M., Schlapbach, A., Bunke, H., Automatic gender detection using on-line and off-line information. Pattern Analysis and Applications 14, 8792 (2011).
 Al-Maadeed, S., Ayouby, W., Hassaine, A., Aljaam, J., QUWI: An Arabic and English Handwriting Dataset for Offline Writer Identification. In: Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, International Conference on. Bari, Italy (September 2012).
 Hassaïne, A., Al-Maadeed, S. and Bouridane, A., A Set of Geometrical Features for Writer Identification. Neural Information Processing. Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012.
This will be impossible in another 10 years, now that th schools have sstopped teaching handwriting.
0bama’s sample is female. Biden is transgender.
This is simple. Girls dot their I’s with little hearts or smiley faces and boys don’t.
Well, it’s 50/50, unless you’re in San Francisco, so I’ll guess......male.
predict? as in before you even see it?
Who has time for that crap?
I detect a kindred spirit. See post #4.
I work with teenagers and people in their twenties. They don’t know how to write. They can use a keyboard and they can print, but handwriting is not a skill they were ever taught or learned.
This is simple. Girls dot their Is with little hearts or smiley faces and boys dont.
My handwriting looks like my father’s, especially my signature although I can write like my mother - used to forge her signature in high school.
And my children’s handwriting, the boys and the girls, is like their father’s, unfortunately.
Now am I my children’s mother or father?
Also, my mom always told us (back in the days of letter and note writing) that your pen was often the first impression you made on someone.
It’s not a completely frivolous exercise. Note that the target language is Arabic. The sponsors likely want to be able to identify the gender of US-bashing drivel for profile purposes. It’s also interesting from a statistical perspective.
I guess it takes all kinds.
>>I work with teenagers and people in their twenties. They dont know how to write. They can use a keyboard and they can print, but handwriting is not a skill they were ever taught or learned.
I must admit I can barely write myself, but my niece is entering middle school here in Thailand, not an international school, but a good, private Thai school, and they teach English cursive writing.
That pic brought back memories...chalk dust,cleaning erasers
And that gawd awful ground hamburger with mustard that I
can smell to this day.
I remember the paper they made us use when we were learning how to write upper and lower case letters. We also had writing books where we had to practice our cursive writing. I watched a British program the other night which featured a visit to The Pen Museum in Birmingham, England. At one time Birmingham was the largest manufacturer of the nibs used in ink pens. I had forgotten that as a kid in grammar school, we used wooden pens with nibs inserted in them, and had to dip the nib into the bottle of ink in order to write. It was a very messy way to write, and you had to blot everything so it wouldn’t smudge.
It’s a shame that kids today aren’t taught cursive writing. If I hadn’t learned as a kid in the 50’s, I never would have been able to read all the old archival records/letters back when I was doing historical research. Everybody wrote in cursive back in the old days. How will these kids ever be able to dig through old manuscripts if they can’t read or write cursive script?
I probably would have been Valedictorian, if it weren’t for handwriting and P.E. grades. Straight A’s on everything else, but I was just a little uncoordinated physically.
Anna and the King of Siam! The King and I was based on a true story.
6th grade was our right of passage when we were allowed to have real ink in our ink wells. We were told to report to school at the beginning of the2nd week with a “pen wiper” that we had made over the weekend. This pen wiper was made of several layers of absorbant cotton fabric, and it hung by a string from the corner of our desks. The girls made ink wipers out of layers of cotton flannel cut with pinking shears that had pretty covers decorated with lace and ribbons. The boys brought a stack of random old rags run through with a string.
The teacher chose 2 boys to fill the ink wells out of a gallon of INDELIBLE ink. It was risky business.
Yes, and I guess the lessons were well learned. Later on, his descendant, the current King, met the Queen when they were both studying in Switzerland!
I have a weird friend who used a vaguely similar doodle as his passport signature - I guess as sort of a libertarian protest gesture.
The thing is though, he travels a lot world wide - mostly in Asia, and while he was never actually denied entry anywhere, he got hassled about it so much he eventually returned to a normal signature.
Thanks for sharing your memories. I feel lucky to have been born in ‘47, with a childhood in the 50’s. I can still remember when the first family on the street got a color TV.
Heck! I remember when the first family on my street got a black and white TV!
I lived in the Central Valley of CA, and we couldn’t receive TV signals there until they built our own stations. The mountain ranges blocked transmissions from San Francisco and LA. In 1952, they brought in dozens of TV sets and a special feed to the Memorial Auditorium downtown, and the townspeople could all go down town and watch the Democrat and Republican Conventions leading to the nominations of Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower. Admission was free.
Ordinary residents did not own personal TVs until about 1954, however. My family got one in 1955.
The first black and white TV console I remember we had was like the old Motorola console from 1952 that consisted of the TV on one side with a radio and turntable on the other. The speakers were on the bottom hidden behind a fabric covering. I lived in Rochester, NY and back then I think all we got were the three network channels: ABC, NBC and CBS.
Gathering intel from any source can be valuable. This particular test is on gender, but there may be similar tests for place of origin (i.e., style of writing might differ based on country/region one grew up in when learning to write), etc.
Noooo, I meant who has time to make smiley faces or hearts out of the dots on i’s as the poster said girls do.
I sure don’t!
I’m guessing the handwriting is a woman’s if it looks snarky.