OCR Processing of Swedish Historical Newspapers Using Deep Hybrid CNN-LSTM Networks
Paper in proceeding, 2021

Deep CNN-LSTM hybrid neural networks have proven to improve the accuracy of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) models for different languages. In this paper we examine to what extent these networks improve the OCR accuracy rates on Swedish historical newspapers. By experimenting with the open source OCR engine Calamari, we are able to show that mixed deep CNN-LSTM hybrid models outperform previous models on the task of character recognition of Swedish historical newspapers spanning 1818-1848. We achieved an average character accuracy rate (CAR) of 97.43% which is a new state-of-the-art result on 19th century Swedish newspaper text.


Long short-term memory


Molly Brandt Skelbye

Student at Chalmers

Dana Dannélls

University of Gothenburg

International Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP

13138502 (ISSN)

9789544520724 (ISBN)

International Conference on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing: Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing Methods and Applications, RANLP 2021
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Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)

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Bioinformatics (Computational Biology)



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