Intelligent Optical Character Recognition

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Intelligent Optical Character Recognition

An ongoing challenge is getting machines to recognize the various ways we express ourselves in writing.

An ongoing challenge is getting machines to recognize the various ways we express ourselves in writing.

Optical character recognition (OCR) works in fixed, recognizable formats like highway signs and the text from a book. But often, OCR isn’t smart enough to recognize different fonts, unique notations or spreadsheets with fields specific only to one company.

Researchers are training A.I. systems to recognize patterns, even if they show up in unusual places. For example, AWS’s Textract system now recognizes both text and context.