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Predict if a handwritten document has been produced by a male or a female writer ($1,000 prize)
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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 [4].

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 [5].

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.

[1] Bandi, K., Srihari, S.N., Writer demographic identification using bagging and boosting. In: Proc. International Graphonomics Society Con- ference (IGS). pp. 133–137 (2005).

[2] Liwicki, M., Schlapbach, A., Loretan, P., Bunke, H., Automatic detection of gender and handedness from online handwriting. In: Proc. 13th Conference of the International Graphonomics Society. pp. 179–183 (2007).

[3] Liwicki, M., Schlapbach, A., Bunke, H., Automatic gender detection using on-line and off-line information. Pattern Analysis and Applications 14, 87–92 (2011).

[4] Al-Ma’adeed, 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).

[5] Hassaïne, A., Al-Maadeed, S. and Bouridane, A., A Set of Geometrical Features for Writer Identification. Neural Information Processing. Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012.


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1 posted on 03/17/2013 5:05:05 PM PDT by Flightdeck
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To: Flightdeck

This will be impossible in another 10 years, now that th schools have sstopped teaching handwriting.


2 posted on 03/17/2013 5:13:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Flightdeck

0bama’s sample is female. Biden is transgender.


3 posted on 03/17/2013 5:15:50 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
now that th schools have sstopped teaching handwriting and the proper use of the word "gender."
4 posted on 03/17/2013 5:18:20 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Are all journalists ignorant or are they trained to be so?)
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To: Flightdeck

This is simple. Girls dot their I’s with little hearts or smiley faces and boys don’t.


5 posted on 03/17/2013 5:22:01 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Flightdeck

Well, it’s 50/50, unless you’re in San Francisco, so I’ll guess......male.


6 posted on 03/17/2013 5:28:33 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Flightdeck

predict? as in before you even see it?

heh


7 posted on 03/17/2013 5:29:23 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Fzob

Who has time for that crap?


8 posted on 03/17/2013 5:33:47 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

9 posted on 03/17/2013 5:34:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Flightdeck

10 posted on 03/17/2013 5:38:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Flightdeck
There are a few studies regarding the automatic detection of the gender of a handwritten document

"Studies"? All that's needed is a study of elementary grammar. Simply look at the nouns and pronouns.

Masculine gender: he, him, his, waiter, steward, etc.

Feminine gender: she, her, hers, waitress, stewardess, etc.

Neuter gender: it, its, automobile, etc.
11 posted on 03/17/2013 5:48:47 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: LearsFool

I detect a kindred spirit. See post #4.


12 posted on 03/17/2013 5:51:38 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Are all journalists ignorant or are they trained to be so?)
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To: Flightdeck

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.


13 posted on 03/17/2013 5:59:22 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: Fzob

This is simple. Girls dot their I’s with little hearts or smiley faces and boys don’t.
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http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/28/us/judge-s-optimistic-signature-on-a-grim-faced-death-row.html


14 posted on 03/17/2013 5:59:29 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Fzob

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?


15 posted on 03/17/2013 6:00:03 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Us old timers remember the day when every classroom had cursive handwriting examples above the chalk board. For me that was what I doodled with when I was bored and though I was not a highly motivated student, I did have excellent penmanship.

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.

16 posted on 03/17/2013 6:05:59 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: LearsFool

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.


17 posted on 03/17/2013 6:13:26 PM PDT by Flightdeck (My four children have been robbed)
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To: loungitude
Charles J. Hearn, a Texas state judge, has been putting a happy face on his signature for years.

I guess it takes all kinds.

18 posted on 03/17/2013 6:14:29 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: dfwgator

HA!


19 posted on 03/17/2013 6:18:54 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: TexasKamaAina

>>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.

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.


20 posted on 03/17/2013 6:34:21 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Baynative

That pic brought back memories...chalk dust,cleaning erasers

And that gawd awful ground hamburger with mustard that I

can smell to this day.


21 posted on 03/17/2013 6:57:29 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Baynative

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.


22 posted on 03/17/2013 7:04:45 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TexasKamaAina

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?


23 posted on 03/17/2013 7:09:50 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Drango

hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!


24 posted on 03/17/2013 7:45:20 PM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: Baynative

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.


25 posted on 03/18/2013 5:15:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: expat1000
...a good, private Thai school, and they teach English cursive writing.

Anna and the King of Siam! The King and I was based on a true story.

26 posted on 03/18/2013 5:19:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mass55th

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.


27 posted on 03/18/2013 5:30:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Anna and the King of Siam! The King and I was based on a true story.

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!

28 posted on 03/18/2013 6:13:17 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: loungitude

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.


29 posted on 03/18/2013 6:18:21 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 8:37:37 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

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.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 9:12:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


32 posted on 03/18/2013 9:32:35 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: autumnraine
Who has time for that crap?

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.

33 posted on 03/18/2013 9:37:17 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: kevkrom

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!


34 posted on 03/18/2013 9:56:28 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Flightdeck

I’m guessing the handwriting is a woman’s if it looks snarky.


35 posted on 10/18/2013 6:55:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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